Qatar, OIC hail new Iraq leaders

August 14, 2014 - 2:11:54 am
Displaced Iraqi Yazidis, who fled a jihadist onslaught on Sinjar, gather to collect bottles of water at the Bajid Kandala camp in Kurdistan’s western Dohuk province yesterday.

DOHA: Qatar has welcomed the appointment of Fuad Masoum as the new President of Iraq, Saleem Al Jubouri as the President of the House of Representatives, and Dr Haider Abadi, the prime minister-designate assigned to form the new government. 

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry expressed Qatar’s hope that the formation of a new government would be the starting point towards forming a comprehensive national government that includes all components of the Iraqi people, stressing the need to adhere to national dialogue as a platform to discuss priorities. 

It also hoped that this will be a step towards maintaining Iraq’s independence, security and stability, stressing the need to overcome any divisions that would threaten Iraq’s security and sovereignty.

In Jeddah, the Secretary-General of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Madani, also welcomed the new Iraqi leadership and reiterated OIC’s firm stance towards Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, US military advisers were headed for Iraq’s Mount Sinjar to study means of evacuating thousands of civilians trapped by jihadists with little food or water, a Kurdish spokesman said.

The US has carried out air strikes against jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group in the area of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where the UN refugee agency has said tens of thousands of civilians, many of them members of the Yazidi minority, remain stranded.

Various countries are ramping up their efforts to aid trapped civilians and Kurdish forces battling jihadists, but a US military deployment on the mountain itself would take American involvement to another level.

Around 130 US military advisers have arrived in Kurdish regional capital Arbil and “a group of them should be going to Mount Sinjar to study the situation there,” security spokesman Halgord Hekmat said.

Thousands of people poured across a border bridge into camps in Iraq’s Kurdish region via neighbouring Syria to find refuge, most with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

The US said it will ship weapons to the Kurds to help them fight back the jihadists and France has followed suit.

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