Al-Maliki calls for stability

Iraq’s prime minister has called for unity and greater political stability to ensure the country’s security after the end of the American military presence.

Speaking at a televised celebration yesterday in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki warned Iraqis against “excessive joy” over the departure of American troops, saying the country’s security situation remains perilous.

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He called on all Iraqis to unite in the interest of the nation and stressed that Iraq needs stability if it hopes to rebuild.

“We need political stability so we can address the world in one voice and not in … conflicting voices,” Mr al-Maliki said.