Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maliki slams "negative" Saudi stance

'Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has severely criticised Saudi Arabia for its negative stance towards Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated regime.

"All the signals confirm that the Saudi position is negative regarding Iraqi affairs," Maliki said in answers to journalists' questions posted on his website.

"There are no positive signs on the part of (their) government," he added.

Maliki said Arab and foreign nations had intervened repeatedly to try to improve relations between Riyadh and his Shiite-led government but the efforts had "led to nothing."

Maliki said Iraq still wanted good relations with the Saudi monarchy nonetheless.

Since Saddam's overthrow in the US-led invasion of 2003, Iraq has repeatedly accused Saudi Arabia of granting passage and giving active encouragement to Sunni insurgents.'

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