Saudi FM warns of looming 'civil war' in Iraq

Al-Faisal made the comments at the 41st Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference, which kicked off in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Saudi FM warns of looming 'civil war' in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday rang the alarm over the dire situation in neighboring Iraq, which, he said, was sliding towards a civil war the regional ramifications of which could not be calculated.

"Deep under the current situation in Iraq is the possibility of civil war," he said. "And this war's consequences for the entire region cannot be foreseen."

Al-Faisal made the comments at the 41st Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) conference, which kicked off in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

He warned that the ongoing war in Syria was providing fertile ground for growing turmoil in neighboring Iraq.

He went on to attribute the turmoil in Iraq to what he described as Baghdad's "sectarian" policies, which, he asserted, had taken a toll on Iraqi national unity.

Al-Faisal called on OIC member states to respond positively to earlier calls by Saudi King Abdullah for a donors' conference aimed at helping cash-strapped Egypt face its current economic difficulties.

Saudi Arabia's support for Egypt, he said, stemmed from the kingdom's "deep anxiety" that stability in Egypt would serve to shore up the stability of other Arab and Islamic countries.

The Saudi FM thanked former OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, applauding the latter's efforts in recent years.

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