Iraqi leader calls for unity, political stability

AP News
Posted: Jan 01, 2012 4:11 AM
Iraqi leader calls for unity, political stability

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.

He 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.