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Iraq reiterates its rejection of siege on Qatar

April 23, 2019 at 10:44 am

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim (R) meets his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on 7 November 2018 [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images]

Iraq has reiterated its rejection of the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Qatar since June 2017, stressing on the need to resolve the crisis through negotiations.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy in Doha, Abdulsattar Al-Janabi, said his country rejects the embargo imposed on Qatar, pointing out that Baghdad was one of the first countries that opened its airspace and ports to Qatar following the blockade.

Al-Janabi said in an interview with Al Jazeera that Iraq had called on the Gulf parties to negotiate, resolve the crisis peacefully and supporte the Kuwaiti initiative in this regard.

He added that Iraq has worked to ease tension between the Gulf states through the Arab League, especially as Baghdad maintains good relations with all of them.

Soon after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced the blockade on Qatar in June 2017,  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi rejected the decision, explaining that Iraq opposes sieges against any country.

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