Iraq opposes Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

Iraq’s foreign minister opposes Saudi-led airstrikes on Shiite rebels in Yemen, saying military intervention is not a solution.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, whose Shiite-led government is fighting Sunni jihadists in Iraq with Western and Iranian backing, says he supports a “peaceful” approach to Yemen.

“We are not with the strikes, and we are against foreign intervention,” he says ahead of an Arab foreign ministers’ meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

“I don’t think military solutions can be the start of a resolution. We support peaceful solutions,” he adds.

The ministers are meeting to prepare for an Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh over the weekend at which member states will discuss proposals for a joint military force.


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