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Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- All Iraqis have equal rights and are entitled to become president or prime minister if they possess the necessary qualifications, according to Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.

He told Asharq al Awsat on Monday that excluding the Kurds or opposing their appointment to certain posts demonstrates prejudice and has no place in a united Iraq, in reference to the opposition in some Sunni circles to the appointment of a Kurd to head Iraq’s foreign ministry.

Asked about the regional threats currently facing Iraq, the president said, “Give me a government of national unity and a delegation from this government to visit Tehran and Ankara and solve the problems. If I fail to solve them, I shall go to Sulmaniya and hand in my resignation.”

“If Iran allows itself to interfere in Karbala , because it is a Shiaa city, and Turkey allows itself to interfere in Kirkuk , this is very dangerous, because the Arabs will have the right to intervene in Khusetan. We say there are also Arabs in Arabistan and we should interfere in Iskenderun since there are Arabs there. We have to respect our countries’ borders and the sovereignty of these countries.”

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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