UAE supports Saudi King’s Iraq initiative

ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates has voiced full support for the invitation by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, to the leaders of Iraq’s political blocs for talks in Riyadh aimed at breaking the deadlock over forming a new government.

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Published: Sun 31 Oct 2010, 5:14 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:37 PM

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs His Highness Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a statement, praised the Saudi King’s invitation to talks which are to take place under the umbrella of the Arab League after the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to break Iraq’s political stalemate.

Sheikh Abdullah urged all Iraqi political parties to respond to the Saudi King’s initiative to save Iraq from the long-running political crisis.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the stability of Iraq and the region and do express our full support to it. We call on all Iraqi political parties to give the initiative their maximum interest for the good of the Iraqi people and the region,” Shaikh Abdullah said.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keen on establishing unity and dispelling differences. Therefore we hope the leaders of Iraqi parties would fully positively respond to the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.”

“King Abdullah’s Arab and international weight qualifies him to play the role the Kingdom abides by in its efforts to establish security and stability in the region and in all Arab countries in general,” Shaikh Abdullah added.

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