Ahmadinejad urges support for Iraqi unity

BEIRUT Mon Feb 4, 2013 2:48pm EST

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves after a meeting with Vietnam's National Assembly's Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Hanoi November 10, 2012. REUTERS/Kham

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves after a meeting with Vietnam's National Assembly's Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Hanoi November 10, 2012.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged regional countries on Monday to work for unity in Iraq, which has seen weeks of protests against Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, warning that any disturbance there would affect the whole Middle East.

"If a fire breaks out it will burn everyone," Ahmadinejad, speaking through a translator, said in an interview with Al Mayadeen television. "I said with all honesty, those who are interfering will be subject to harm".

A suicide bomber attacked a government-backed militia in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 22 people. It was the seventh suicide bombing in a month in Iraq.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Pravin Char)

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Brazilian1 wrote:
Dear Ahmadinejad, please do not loose your time trying to save the Shi’ites… You see the Sunnis are taking control everywhere…

You’d better try to make friends among the Sunni states, otherwise, after Assad is finally toppled down, you will end up having only Hezbollah, Russia and Hugo Chavez to help with you nuclear weapons program…

Feb 04, 2013 3:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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