Last Updated: Sun Mar 11, 2012 17:54 pm (KSA) 14:54 pm (GMT)

From Today’s Zaman: Hashemi: My being Sunni not reason for Turkish support

Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (Photo: AP)
Iraq's Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi (Photo: AP)

Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi has said he has Turkey's support not because he is a Sunni politician but because Turkey is protesting injustice in Iraq's worst political crisis since the US invasion nine years ago.

Iraq's Shiite-led central government wants to try Hashemi -- one of the country's top Sunni politicians -- on charges of running death squads in a case that raised fears of an increase in sectarian tension after US troops withdrew from Iraq in December.

Hashemi said in an interview with Turkey's television station CNN Türk that he knows Turks are sympathetic and understand his situation, which he described as “dire.” He said that despite some of the limitations in Turkey's capacity to help, he is delighted and pleased to have Turkish support. He noted that he hopes Turks will continue to support him in his political situation.

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