Iraqi PM, Kerry Agree Iraq Crisis Threat to Region, World

Baghdad, June 23 (QNA) – The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki on Monday told the visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the crisis in Iraq is a threat to peace in the region and the world as well, according to an official statement.

“What is happening in Iraq poses a threat not only to Iraq but to regional and global peace,” Maliki’s office quoted the prime minister as saying during a meeting with Kerry in Baghdad Green Zone.

Maliki called on the international community, especially countries in the region, to deal with the threat seriously.

The Iraqi leader also mentioned that a timetable for forming a new government, and electing the country’s three top posts, including the president, the prime minister and the parliament speaker, has already been set according to the constitution, reported China’s Xinhua news agency.

Kerry reiterated the U.S. commitment to the protection of the security and independence of Iraq.

He emphasized Washington’s commitment to the strategic framework agreement with Baghdad, particularly security cooperation.

Washington’s top diplomat arrived in the Iraqi capital earlier in the day for talks with Iraqi leaders on the current security crisis.

Kerry’s visit is part of a tour in the Middle East to consult with U.S. partners and allies on measures to support security, stability, and the formation of an inclusive government in Iraq. (QNA)

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