Iraq opposes Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen: FM

AFP , Thursday 26 Mar 2015

Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (Photo: Reuters)

Iraq's foreign minister on Thursday opposed Saudi-led air strikes on Shia rebels in Yemen, saying military intervention was not a solution.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, whose Shia-led government is fighting Sunni jihadists in Iraq with Western and Iranian backing, said he supported a "peaceful" approach to Yemen.

"We are not with the strikes, and we are against foreign intervention," he told AFP 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 said.

The ministers were 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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