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Iraqi president offers to mediate in Gulf crisis

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Iraqi president Fuad Masum expressed his country's readiness to mediate to settle the ongoing crisis in the Gulf.

In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, he said "Iraq is ready to make every effort to bring closer the views and mediate to resolve any problems or differences between the brotherly countries, whether in Gulf or elsewhere.

He added that "the problems and conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue," noting that "Iraq seeks closer relations with Saudi Arabia."

This comes as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had severed diplomatic ties with Doha over 'sponsoring terror groups.

On the Iraqi elections, Masum confirmed he rejects delaying the elections, arguing any delays are considered a grave breach to the constitution.

If we delayed the election, which is a key point upon which democracy in Iraq stands, this will open the floodgate for more violations of the constitution, and the Iraqis will find themselves deprived of all which unite them, Masum explained.

What unites us is the constitution and common will.
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