Iraqi leader calls for unity, political stability

AP , Sunday 1 Jan 2012

Iraq's prime minister is calling for greater political stability to ensure the country's security after the end of the American military presence

Nouri al-Maliki warned Iraqis against "excessive joy" over the departure of American troops, saying the country's security situation remains perilous. He spoke at a televised celebration in Baghdad on Sunday.

Al-Maliki called on all Iraqis to unite in the interest of the nation and stressed that Iraq needs political stability if it hopes to remain secure and rebuild.

Al-Maliki's comments come amid a political crisis that started after his government issued an arrest warrant for Iraq's top Sunni politician, re-igniting fears that sectarian tensions could divide the country.

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