BAGHDAD: Iraq’s premier backed the Egyptian military crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi in a statement Sunday, the latest Arab leader to back the operation.
Nouri al-Maliki appealed for “self-restraint” but said Baghdad stood with the Egyptian government, describing its moves against the Muslim Brotherhood as efforts to impose law and order.
“We stand strongly with the Egyptian government in its steps to impose the rule of law and install security and peace across all of Egypt,” the Iraqi prime minister said.
Maliki said the ongoing violence in Egypt, which has killed more than 750 people in four days, was the result of a “conspiracy targeting the desires of the Egyptian people.”
He also called for “maximum self-restraint” and appealed for the country’s political groups to take part in dialogue in order “to avoid sectarian divisions.”
Arab countries have openly backed the crackdown, with analysts saying most of their leaders tacitly support Egypt’s deadly moves as they fear the Brotherhood’s growing regional influence since the Arab Spring.