Riyadh pressures Iraq to give up support for Qatar
منذ 1 سنهJuly 12, 2017, 10:25 am
The Arabic-language al-Taqrir al-Iraqi news website quoted Jassim al-Bayati, one of the leaders of Iraq's al-Da'wah party, as saying that since the crisis started in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, increasing pressure has been exerted on his country to unite with Riyadh against Doha.
He added that the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has postponed his visit to Saudi Arabia following the aforementioned pressures.
His remarks came as al-Abadi underlined in June that Iraq is opposed to the isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab neighbors because it hurts ordinary citizens.
"Regimes are not affected by the blockade; the blockade hurts people," he told reporters in Baghdad.
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar early June, and suspended air and sea communication one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East.
After more than two weeks, the Saudi-led bloc gave Qatar a 10 days to comply with 13 demands, which included shutting down the Al-Jazeera Media Network, closing a Turkish military base and scaling down ties with Iran, which were rejected by Doha. Abna24 News