Western diplomats focus on Iraq, urge unity


Top Western diplomats are focusing on the crisis in Iraq and pressing their calls for the country to unite in the face of a surge by Sunni Islamist militants, the Voice of America reports.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague flew Thursday to Baghdad where he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and planned to hold talks with Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Hague said Iraq is “facing an existential threat,” and that political unity is the most important factor in overcoming the challenge. In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hosted talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Fabius said Iraq is facing a “difficult situation” but that they expect Iraqis to unite. “It’s a necessity not only for Iraq but for the whole region, because it’s a menace for Iraq for the region, for Europe and for the U.S. as well,” Fabius said.

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