Iran fanning sectarian violence in Iraq: Hashemi

 27 Nov 2012 - 3:05



DOHA: Iraq’s Sunni Vice-President, Tareq Al Hashemi (pictured), has accused Iran of fanning sectarian violence in his home country and has urged to review its strategy to deal with Shia-Sunni disputes.

“Iran should stop fanning sectarian violence in the region because it is not in its interest.” Al Hashemi said. “This is a negative move and it will destabilise Iran more at a time when the country is expecting to witness a revolution like the Arab spring.”

He was also critical of his own country for permitting Iran to use its ground and airspace to send troops and weapons to help the Syrian regime. 

Al Hashemi said that the US administration has raised the issue on the international forum about Iraq’s ground and airspace being used by Iran to support Syria.

“What do you expect from Iraq when its Transport Minister said that he is abiding by the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution? This very minister is in-charge in Iraq of Syrian and Lebanese issues,” said Al Hashemi.

The International Community is accelerating a regime change in Syria so the Arab world will have to do more to bring about quick solutions to the problems in Iraq and Syria.

The latest visit to Syria was made by the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani to give moral support and ensure that Iran is in full support with the Syrian regime.

“I am very optimistic that the current situation in the region will not remain unchanged for a long time and the changes will come fast.”

“Iraq is still under the trusteeship of the International Community. Therefore we need support from the Arab and Islamic world, and the international community to tackle human rights violations against innocent people. At least 95 percent of the total violations of human rights target Sunnis.”

Al Hashemi was speaking on issues related to Iraq and the region at Dar Al Sharq yesterday. He was invited by Al Sharq. 

Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Al Maliki is misusing his powers to root out his opponents and arch rivals in the government, he said. “The political changes taking shape in the Arab region started from Iraq with the toppling of the Saddam regime but we failed to set up a better alternative to meet the aspirations of the people,” said Al Hasehmi. The Peninsula