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Allawi visits Interior Minister: Looking forward to regional Iraqi role after terminating Daesh

- Iraq's vice President Ayad Allawi stressed that "Iraq can play a supportive and active role at the regional level, especially in Lebanon and Syria, after terminating military Daesh and changing the political environment which incubates it."

Allawi words came after a visit to outgoing Interior Minister Nouhad Mashnouk at his office in the Ministry where they held a lengthy meeting with discussions reportedly featuring high on the Lebanese and Iraqi situations as well as the regional developments.

Responding to a question about his vision of the future of Iraq and the region in the light of on-the-ground developments in Mosul and Nineveh, Allawi said that he believes that the battle against Daesh would take long time and would change from direct confrontations to rising of sleeping cells whether in Iraq or in other countries, stressing that they should work hard to change this fact.

Talking about the impact of the Iraqi situation on Syria and Lebanon, Allawi said," Syria and Iraq are fighting Daesh, extremism and terrorism at the same battle field," adding that he personally worked to establish strong economic ties with Lebanon.

Allawi concluded, " I believe that Iraq could support Lebanon and even Syria if the demands of the Syrian people were met as for the return of stability and calm," stressing that they are waiting to play their constructive role in the Arab world after the termination of Daesh and the change the environment that nurtures it.

Source: National News Agency