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Baghdad welcomes Lebanese, but they don't see eye to eye

The Lebanese delegation to Baghdad offers diplomatic help to confront the Islamic State (IS), but it seems both parties have different priorities.
Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Nizar al-Khairallah (R) greets Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil (L) at the Baghdad airport in Baghdad, August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ali Abbas/Pool (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR42T21
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With some frustration and bitterness, the official Lebanese delegation returned from its visit to Baghdad and Erbil a few days ago, on Aug. 20. Led by Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil, the delegation visited Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, as well as Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The purpose of the visit was to discuss with local authorities the means of providing them with the required diplomatic help to face the Islamic State (IS).

This help is especially crucial after the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity said to have been committed by this group’s extremist Sunni members in Mosul and the northwest of Iraq as well as in the Ninevah valley, which they later occupied.

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