OIC: Iraq’s Maliki statements on Saudi Arabia ‘irresponsible’

Iraq's Vice President and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, listens to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. (AP)

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday criticized statements by embattled Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki in which he called Saudi Arabia a “sponsor and supporter of terrorism.”

The OIC said it considered the statement “irresponsible,” especially because it was said by a senior Iraqi official.

The organization said “these claims are absurd in light of the effective and significant role played by the kingdom in combatting terrorism and extremism at the national, regional and international levels,” it said in a press release obtained by Al Arabiya News.

It also said Maliki’s statements violated “the Charter of the OIC, which calls for strengthening of relations among OIC Member States on the basis of justice, mutual respect …”

“Mr Maliki’s statement is unjustifiable and runs against the spirit and principle of cooperation and solidarity among OIC Member States and peoples,” the OIC general secretariat was quoted as saying.

It further said “the statement feeds into the sectarian and denominational agenda at a time when concerted efforts must be made by all OIC member states to confront common challenges.”

Maliki accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism during an interview with an Iraqi satellite channel earlier this month.
He also called for Saudi Arabia to be placed under the international community’s custody.

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