Iraqi VP frustrated with his president

May 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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ANKARA, Turkey, May 18 (UPI) -- Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said he was frustrated he wasn't getting support from the Iraqi president following an Interpol Red Notice.

Interpol issued a Red Notice for Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi at the request of the Iraqi government. Hashemi is the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on allegations of "guiding and financing terrorist attacks in the country," Interpol said in a statement.

Hashemi is in Ankara where he's supported by members of the Turkish government. He was quoted by Turkish news service Today's Zaman as saying he was frustrated that he wasn't getting the same level of support from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani as he was from other Kurdish elites in Iraq.

"I hope Talabani will display the same stance shown by (Kurdish President Massoud) Barzani," he said. "This has not happened so far but I still hope it will."

Political infighting in Iraq broke out after the last of U.S. combat forces left the country in December under the terms of a bilateral status of forces agreement.

Hashemi took refuge in the Kurdish-run northern Iraq before he flew to Turkey.

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