World Bulletin / News Desk
Saudi Arabia on Monday described as "aggressive" and "irresponsible" Iraqi allegations about the kingdom's support for terrorist acts in Iraq.
"These accusations are an attempt by Iraqi Prime Minister [Nouri al-Maliki] to change the facts and gloss over the failures of his government," a Saudi source was quoted as saying by the official Saudi news agency.
In an interview with the France 24 channel, al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of sponsoring terrorism in his country.
The Saudi source said that his country rejects all forms of terrorism.
"He [al-Maliki] is aware of the huge Saudi efforts to fight terrorism both at the local and international levels," the source said.
He went on to say that the Iraqi Premier had better pursue policies to put an end to chaos in his country instead of leveling accusations against Saudi Arabia.
Recent months have seen an upsurge of violence across Iraq in general.
Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually blame Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The Iraqi army launched a major offensive in December in Sunni-majority Anbar province with the stated aim of flushing militants out of the key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.
Hundreds have been killed or injured since violence broke out in the two cities, according to governmentLast Mod: 11 Mart 2014, 14:34