On Saturday Iraq’s Shiite alliance rejects a King Abdullah’s offer to host all-party talks to settle months of political deadlock.
Iraq has been without a new government after a March seven election that failed to make a clear winner, leaving Shiite Muslim, Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians chousing for power and position.
On Saturday, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah had called for Iraq’s parties to talks in Riyadh under the auspices of the twenty-two-nation Arab League after the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage ending around November eighteen.
SPA quoted King Abdullah as saying in comments addressed to Iraqi leaders “Everyone believes that you are at a crossroad that requires doing the utmost efforts to unite, get over traumas and conflicts, and get rid of sectarianism”.
Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki’s alliance, said a deal in Baghdad was close after the highest court ordered parliament to resume sessions last week.
“We are confident the representatives of the Iraqi people are able… to reach a deal to form a national partnership government”, said Legislator Hassan Al Sunaid, reading from a statement that he said came from the Shiite National Alliance.
Al Sunaid said, “Though we express our appreciation to Saudi Arabia for its concern about the situation in Iraq and its willingness to provide support, we would like to confirm Iraqi leaders are continuing … their meetings to reach a national consensus.”