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FM: Iraq cooperates with Arab states to reduce regional tensions

BAGHDAD, IRAQ : Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah (not seen) hold a press conference after signing an agreement on border gates, security and aviation cooperation in Baghdad, Iraq on 28 December 2016. [Murtadha Sudani /Anadolu Agency]
BAGHDAD, IRAQ : Iraqi Foreign Minister at a press conference after signing an agreement on border gates, security and aviation cooperation with Kuwait in Baghdad, Iraq on 28 December 2016. [Murtadha Sudani /Anadolu Agency]

Iraq is working with Arab States to reduce hotbeds of tension in the region, the country's foreign minister said yesterday.

Speaking during a press conference with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Baghdad, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari said:

Iraq has been working with Arab states to reduce the hotbeds of tension in the region, and expects them to stand with it in its war.

"Iraq is fighting a war on behalf of itself and the Arab countries, and expects the league to support us."

The Iraqi forces have been fighting to retake areas controlled by Daesh in the north and west of the country, with support from a US-led international coalition.

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Aboul Gheit said defeating Daesh and regaining control of Iraq would be the best outcome for the region.

The Arab League had, however, failed in its attempt to secure funds to support displaced Iraqis, he added.

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