Iraqi Shi'ite politician talks to Sunnis in Jordan

One of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite politicians sought to reassure Jordanians on the future of their fellow Sunnis in Iraq, telling hundreds of worshippers here Friday that he opposes sectarian killings and the creation of a Shi'ite state in his country. Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI, caused an uproar this week in Iraq when Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera, the Arab world's dominant satellite news channels, quoted him as saying that Iraq's Sunni-Arab minority would be the biggest losers if civil war broke out in Iraq. Al-Hakim, whose party is a senior member of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's coalition, quickly denied that he had made such a comment. Every Iraqi, he said, would lose if a civil war broke out.