Qatari Emir Seeking to Spark Anti-Maliki Protests

Qatari Emir Seeking to Spark Anti-Maliki Protests

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Qatari government and its Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani are in contact with opponents of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and some Iraqi figures in a bid to spark anti-government protests in Iraq.

According to a report by Iraqi Nakhel news agency, Oragh al-Khalij daily quoted informed sources as saying that a special meeting was held in Sheikh Hamad’s office on December 30 during which they contacted Khamis Khanjar, an Iraqi trader to be briefed about the latest developments in Iraq.
The report said during the meeting a Qatari official asked Khanjar to organize massive anti-government protests on Friday (the weekend in the Muslim world).
The source at the office of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyah said that the Qatari government considers the current conditions in Qatar as a good chance for starting comprehensive change in the region and Atiyah has had contacts with opponents of Maliki and even established ties with some Iraq officials to the very same end.
The report came after other reports from Iraq said last week that several regional states, including Qatar, have paid $100 to each participant in protest rallies in al-Anbar province in support of Iraqi Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, whose bodyguards have been arrested on terrorism charges last month.
Iraq’s al-Nakhil news agency quoted a security official as saying on Wednesday that after the arrest of Issawi’s bodyguards, several groups affiliated to the regional states, specially Qatar, paid huge sums to their sympathizers in Anbar, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces to stage rallies against the Iraqi government.
Ouraq al-Khalij newspaper also informed in its Wednesday edition that Doha is staunchly supporting Issawi for taking the leadership of Sunni protestors in Iraq.
The paper said Qatari officials had contacted a large number of their agents and hirelings in Iraq in recent days to coordinate the protests, adding that even the mottoes chanted against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki government have been dictated by Doha.
Yesterday, a senior Iraqi legislator said that a number of foreign states are funding and supporting the recent protests and unrests in Iraq’s al-Anbar province.
“The goal of the recent protests in Iraq is drowning the country and this plot is orchestrated by the foreign states,” Jamal al-Batikh told FNA.
He also cautioned that certain opposition lawmakers joined the plot and entered a regional and international game against Iraq.

FARS News Agency

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