UN chief presses Iraq on national reconciliation to defeat Islamic State

BAGHDAD – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Iraqi government on Saturday to step up efforts to foster reconciliation between the nation’s Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim communities in order to combat Islamic State. “National reconciliation is an important part of the strategy to defeat Daesh (Islamic State), who have ruthlessly exploited divisions

and targeted the marginalized and disenfranchised,” he told a joint news conference in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The UN chief was referring to the country’s minority Sunnis who say they were marginalized under the Shi’ite-led government installed after the US-led invasion in 2003 and some of whom have joined the militant group which seized swathes of Iraq nearly two years ago.

via ynetnews.com

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