Arab League calls Iraq division plan ‘aberrant’

Cairo, Oct 10 (Xinhua) Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Ahmed Bin Helli has described the US Senate’s plan to divide Iraq into three regions on ethnic and religious bases as “aberrant”.

Bin Helli told reporters Tuesday that the plan would further complicate an already bad situation in Iraq, said an AL statement.

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Bin Helli also noted that the upcoming meeting of the interior ministers of Iraq’s neighbouring countries due in Kuwait Oct 23 would assert the necessity of preserving Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity.

He added that the Arab League would take part in the Kuwait-hosted meeting, which will deal with the means of helping the Iraqi government and people in the security sphere and pave the way for a plenary meeting on Iraq set for Istanbul, Turkey from Oct 30 to Nov 1.

The ministerial meeting of countries neighbouring Iraq, which will bring together foreign ministers of Iraq’s neighbours, the G-8 members and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, is a follow-up to the international conference on Iraq held in Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in May, according to Bin Helli.

Bin Helli also said that the AL welcomed the recently crafted agreement between the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council and al-Sadr on the inviolability of Iraqi blood.