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Iraq’s Ammar Hakim calls for 5-nation regional summit

Leader of Iraq's National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim called for a regional summit with the participation of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt.

(Tasnim) -- In a statement on Saturday, Ammar al-Hakim asked Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt to hold a five-nation summit meeting and help resolve their differences through negotiations, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.

Stressing that no country has benefited from wars and conflicts through history, he added peace and security can only be achieved through dialogue.

Hakim, who is also head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI), noted that today's world is the world of having balanced relations with all countries and urged the regional states to remain unified in the face of foreign powers' interventionist policies.

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump arrived in the Saudi capital on Saturday morning on the first leg of a nine-day overseas tour.

The US president is scheduled to outline his vision for US-Muslim relations to an audience of more than 50 leaders of Muslim countries attending the "Arab Islamic American Summit on Sunday.

During his speech, however, Trump is expected to hail the Saudi government as a strong Muslim ally and a partner in the fight against extremism.

This reeks of hypocrisy as the Saudi-backed clerics openly preach and practice Wahhabism, a radical ideology that inspires terrorists around the world. Daesh (ISIL) and other terrorist groups take advantage of Wahhabism to declare people of other faiths "infidels," a justification for their execution.

Trump will make stops next week in Israel and in Italy.

Source: Al-Alam News Network

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