We support Iraq’s stability & security: Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister HRH Prince Faisal bin Farhan affirmed the Kingdom’s support for Iraq’s stability and security, in a telephone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart, Fouad Hussein.

The spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Al-Sahaf, said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein received a call from his Saudi counterpart, HRH Prince Faisal bin Farhan, during which Prince Faisal expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s solidarity with the Iraqi people and support for Iraq stability and security.” 

He added, “The two sides also discussed the outcomes of Fouad Hussein’s visit to Tehran, and the positive effects it reflects on the bilateral relations between Riyadh and Tehran.” 

The leader of the Sadr movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, held a press conference, Tuesday, to comment on the violence in Iraq during the past hours. 

Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrist movement, apologized to the Iraqi people for the events that took place in the country during the past hours, saying: “I apologize to the Iraqi people because they are the only ones affected by what is happening…the killer and the slain are in the fire.” 

The events of Iraq began with the announcement of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, his retirement from politics, which prompted his supporters, who have been camping for weeks inside the parliament headquarters in the Green Zone, to demonstrate and storm the main headquarters of the Council of Ministers, and clashes took place between Sadr’s supporters and supporters of Iranian-backed groups outside the Green Zone in central Baghdad, and they exchanged stones, according to the Reuters news agency. 

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