Muslim clerics call for coalition withdrawal

Prominent Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics gathered at a reconciliation meeting in Baghdad to discuss the ways to halt ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq claiming the ongoing violence was triggered by outside forces.

Muslim clerics call for coalition withdrawal
Prominent Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics gathered at a reconciliation meeting in Baghdad to discuss the ways to halt ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq claiming the ongoing violence was triggered by outside forces.

They called on coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq. The meeting featured nearly 40 Muslim clerics, intellectuals as well as representatives from 10 provinces all gathered under the umbrella of the Iraqi Association of Muslim Scholars.

The talks focused on the ways to halt ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq.

Al-Samarrai leaving rostrum, zoom-out from al-Samarrai to participants In his opening speech, Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, the head of the Sunni Endowments, claimed Muslim clerics had not fully implemented their responsibilities so far detailing, "All of us have remained silent so far. All together we should find a proper solution to the plight of Iraq. Let everybody embrace all Iraqis rather than supporting their own side. We are ready to do that. There have been some mistakes. We have already accepted this but we are concerned about the continuation of similar mistakes. Lets stop bloodshed and stop killing under torture." al-Samarrai called on armed insurgents to declare a ceasefire and the government to find a deterrent and an easy solution to stop insurgent attacks.

In his address to the meeting, Iraq's leading Shiite cleric Hussein Bearaka al-Shaami stated that Iraqi Muslim clerics had many things to do for Iraq to overcome deteriorating conditions.

"That's why we are here. We must do our best because Iraq is the country of all of us," he added.

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