Iraqi prime minister says he opposes Gulf's isolation of Qatar

By REUTERS
June 13, 2017 19:02
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BAGHDAD - Iraq is opposed to the isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab neighbors because it hurts ordinary citizens, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday.

Abadi is due to travel to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for talks with Saudi King Salman.

"Regimes are not affected by the blockade; the blockade hurts people," Abadi told reporters in Baghdad.

Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries severed diplomatic and trade links with Qatar, which denies their accusations of backing Islamist militants and being allied with Iran.

Abadi said he would seek clarification from Saudi Arabia about the accusations made against Qatar.

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