World Bulletin / News Desk
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday summoned the Iraqi ambassador to Abu Dhabi to protest recent assertions by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Saudi Arabia was supporting terrorism in Iraq.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash delivered a note of protest to the Iraqi envoy and slammed al-Maliki's remarks as "unfounded" and "not based on any correct assessment of the situation in the region with regards to terrorism," the state-run WAM news agency reported.
"Saudi Arabia plays a prominent role in fighting terrorism in all its forms," the minister was quoted as telling the Iraqi diplomat.
"The United Arab Emirates… highly values the contributions by Saudi Arabia in this field and commends its policies and its practical initiatives that are intended to uproot the phenomenon of terrorism," Gargash added.
The developments came days after Saudi Arabia described the Iraqi allegations as "aggressive" and "irresponsible."
"These accusations are an attempt by the Iraqi prime minister 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 news channel, al-Maliki accused Saudi and Qatar of sponsoring terrorism in his country.
Recent months have seen an upsurge of violence across Iraq. Although most attacks go unclaimed, Iraqi authorities usually blame Al-Qaeda-linked rebels.
The Iraqi army launched a major offensive in December in the 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 government officials.Last Mod: 12 Mart 2014, 17:46