Iraq's Sunnis deny dialogue with US administration

Iraq's top Sunni organization, the Association of Muslim Scholars, denied Sunday having had a dialogue with the US administration as the US signalled its willingness to renew talks with Iran.

Iraq's Sunnis deny dialogue with US administration
Iraq's top Sunni organization, the Association of Muslim Scholars, denied Sunday having had a dialogue with the US administration as the US signalled its willingness to renew talks with Iran.

But despite a denial, spokesman Sheikh Muhammad Bashar al-Faydi told Voices of Iraq news agency the association did not rule out dialogue, "provided Washington would show genuine intentions about leaving Iraq through a serious and clear timetable."

He added: "We are in favour of the departure of US forces from Iraq, but first of all the current security agencies, which proved a failure and perpetrated heinous crimes against the Iraqi people, have to be dismantled."

The Sunni group is known for encouraging both armed and passive resistance against multinational forces.

Al-Faydi insisted the Sunnis were "frustrated" by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declared intention to send forces to Iraq to "fill the security vacuum" which the US troops would leave.

"We don't want to get rid of occupation just to have another," the Sunni sheikh said. "In both cases the Iraqi people would be stripped of their will."
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