Iraqi PM calls for halt to sectarian polarization to confront terrorism

2017-08-13 15:05:46 GMT2017-08-13 23:05:46(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday called on all countries in the Middle East to stop the sectarian polarization which serves the terror of Islamic State (IS) group.

Abadi's comment came during his meeting with a delegation led by Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, who arrived in the capital Baghdad earlier in the day, Abadi's office said in a statement.

The two officials discussed enhancing bilateral relations in various fields, as well as the situation in the region and the combat against terrorism.

Abadi pointed out "the importance of concerted efforts of all countries in the region and the world to address the terror of Daesh (IS group)" during the meeting in his office.

For his part, Al Khalifa congratulated Abadi for the liberation of Mosul and the victory over IS militants. He also expressed his country's support with Iraq in its war against terrorism.

The Bahraini minister also met with Iraq President Fuad Massoum, who reiterated "Iraq's desire to develop relations and cooperation with" Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf countries on the ground of common interests, Massoum's office said in a statement.

In response, Al Khalifa said his country "looks forward to strengthening bilateral relations and expanding cooperation with Iraq," adding that "his visit will open new horizons for communication and joint action."

Later in the day, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari held a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart.

"Whoever believes that the war against terrorist gangs has ended, he is wrong because the war against terrorism today is a global war targeting civilians everywhere in the world," Jaafari was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the foreign ministry after the meeting.

Jaafari called for continued security and intelligence cooperation to prevent the spread of terrorism, according to the statement.

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