21-09-2019 09:01 PM Jerusalem Timing

Iraq Accuses Saudi of Financing, Siding with Terrorism

Iraq Accuses Saudi of Financing, Siding with Terrorism

Iraqi government on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of financing terrorism committed by Takfiri insurgents of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, a day after Riyadh blamed "sectarian" policies by Baghdad.

Iraqi government on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of financing terrorism committed by Takfiri insurgents of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, a day after Riyadh blamed "sectarian" policies by Baghdad.

Comments from Riyadh indicates it is "siding with terrorism", the cabinet said in a statement issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office.
"We strongly condemn this stance," the statement read.Iraqo and Saudi flags

"We hold it (Saudi Arabia) responsible for what these groups are receiving in terms of financial and moral support."
"The Saudi government should be held responsible for the dangerous crimes committed by these terrorist groups," the statement continued.

Earlier on Monday, Saudi Arabia and Qatar blamed "sectarian" policies by Iraq's government for the unrest that has swept the country.

The unrest "could not have taken place if it was not for the sectarian and exclusionary policies implemented in Iraq over the past years that threatened its stability and sovereignty," the Saudi government said in a statement.

In March, Maliki accused both Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting terrorism in Iraq.