PO­LIT­I­CAL SO­LU­TION FIRST IN IRAQ, SAYS UK

UK's Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence Philip Ham­mond says Qatar and the UK share the view that mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in Iraq will not re­solve the cri­sis un­less there is a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion.

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Ham­mond, who was on a day-long visit to Qatar, made the re­marks af­ter a meet­ing with For­eign Min­is­ter HE Dr Khalid bin Mo­hamed Al At­tiyah. “We both agreed that a mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion will not be a suc­cess­ful way to re­solve this cri­sis un­less first there is a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion. There can­not be a purely mil­i­tary so­lu­tion.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two politi­cians spoke about the sit­u­a­tion in Iraq and felt that once there was an in­clu­sive govern­ment, it would be able to emerge from the cri­sis.

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