Iraqi FM warns against 'poisonous' extremism and sectarianism spreading across the region
Iraqi FM warns against 'poisonous' extremism and sectarianism spreading across the region

Iraqi Foreign Minister "Hoshyar Zebari" said today that efforts to stop the  crisis in Syria must tackle the "poisonous" extremism and sectarianism threatening the region.

But he warned that there would be no "magical solution" at next week's international Syria peace talks in Switzerland.

Zebari told reporters in Turkey that "the whole region, every country will be affected unless some solution, or some collaboration is reached between all the countries, especially the neighboring countries who are in the firing line".

He spoke of the danger of the "poisonous" extremism and sectarianism spreading across the region from Syria, where Syrian Army is fighting increasingly divided militant groups and Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.

U.S and Iraqi officials have warned for months that insecurity in Syria was spilling over into Iraq's western province of Anbar.

"The threat of terrorism is a real one. Nobody should underestimate that", Zebari said in English after a meeting of Syrian refugee-hosting nations in Turkey, noting "we feel it today, we are suffering from it. This is a spillover that could spread to other countries too".

About the upcoming peace conference on Syria dubbed "Geneva-2" , Zebari said "we don't expect a magical solution from Geneva-2 but nobody else has any better solution", stressing "we call on the Syrian government and the opposition to take this opportunity without preconditions".

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