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Saudi Arabia joins GCC, OIC and MWL in condemning bombings in Iraq

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns the terrorist attacks that took place in Baghdad and Karbala on Tuesday, leading to the killing of innocent people. The Saudi people pray God to bestow mercy on the dead and restore to health those injured.

In a statement issued today by its Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) condemned the shedding of blood and subversive acts in Iraq. Commenting that the MWL has been following up with a great concern the ongoing attempts to sow seeds of sedition in that country, the statement said: “We condemn the blasts that took place in Baghdad and Karbala on Tuesday and led to the deaths of more than 200 persons.” The statement went on to urge the Iraqi people to work for preservation of their national unity, and to cooperate in a manner that benefits their country.
Yesterday, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Dr. Abdulwahid Belkaziz condemned Tuesday’s bombings in Iraq at Baghdad and Karbala, and in Pakistan at Quetta, declaring: "Such terrorist acts have the sole intention of provoking disputes among Muslims." He went on to express confidence in Muslim leaders, who are highly aware of the real intentions behind such acts, adding that they will never give any opportunity to enemies to harm Islam or Muslims.
Meanwhile, the Secretariat-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also issued a condemnation of the terrorist attacks, describing them as criminal acts targeting innocent people, and reiterating the GCC’s utter rejection of all acts of terrorism whatever their source or motive. Such acts, the statement said, target the Iraqi people and the stability of Iraq, in an attempt to arouse sectarian differences; and called on the people of Iraq to demonstrate self-restraint and carry on working for the reconstruction of their country.