Former Iraqi PM calls for end of Sunni-Shiite conflict

Al-Maliki is widely regarded as having favored Shiites over Sunnis during his time as PM

Former Iraqi PM calls for end of Sunni-Shiite conflict

World Bulletin/News Desk

Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for the end the of the Sunni-Shiite strife Sunday. 

The now Iraqi vice president spoke Sunday at the country’s capital Baghdad during celebrations for the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. 

“We need to stop and think about what we have done so far because of the separation between the Sunni and Shia," said al-Maliki, who was widely regarded as having fanned the flames of dissension between Sunnis and Shiites during his time as Prime Minister.

Al-Maliki emphasized the importance of maintaining Iraq's national identity. 

“Our country has turned into a bloodbath. Neither the U.S.-led coalition forces, nor our security forces can stop ISIL’s terrorist attack. Moderation is the only thing that can stop this ongoing conflict. We need to put aside all dispute issues and need to reunite.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ocak 2015, 16:43