Erdogan warns Iraqi PM against stirring sectarian tensions

By REUTERS
April 20, 2012 02:34

ISTANBUL - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday of fanning tensions between Iraq's Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds through his "self-centered" ways and behavior toward coalition partners.

Erdogan made the blunt comments after a meeting in Istanbul with Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, who has cultivated strong relations with Ankara.

"The developments in Iraq are not good signs, especially the current prime minister's behavior towards his coalition partners," Erdogan told a news conference, according to the Hurriyet newspaper website.

"His self-centered ways... are seriously disturbing Shi'ite groups, Barzani and Iraqi groups," Erdogan said, adding that he had discussed these issues with the Iraqi Kurdish leader.


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