Doha meeting, interference in Iraq affairs: Baghdad
Iraq has slammed Qatar for hosting a meeting attended by members of the Iraqi dissolved Baath party as well as some former officials wanted on terror charges.
In a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry condemned the meeting as a “blatant interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.”
The meeting was held in the Qatari capital, Doha, a few days ago and was reportedly attended by some Arab politicians, including members of the former dictator Saddam Hussein’s banned Baath party.
“While the Iraqi Foreign Ministry is waiting for explanation from the Qatari side, it clarifies that any conference on the internal affairs of Iraq held away from the knowledge of the Iraqi government is rejected,” the ministry said.
According to the statement, the meeting was attended by “individuals wanted by the Iraqi judiciary on charges of terrorism and cooperation with terrorist organizations.”
Some unofficial reports suggest that Tariq al-Hashemi, the fugitive former vice president who was sentenced to death in absentia over terrorism charges, was also among the participants.
Earlier, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the gathering, saying on social media that the meeting in Qatar “came without coordination with Iraq, as the matter is an Iraqi affair and affects the Iraqi sovereignty.”
Qatar is known to be among the regional staunch supporters of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who are currently wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. Many of the local leaders of the Takfiri terrorists are said to be members of the outlawed Iraqi Baath Party.