BAGHDAD, Feb. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Iraq's firebrand Shiite leader Muqtada
al-Sadr, who had called for a nationwide rebellion against US-led forces last
year, reached out to Sunni clerics for coordination, spokesman for a Sunni
association said on Monday.
from the office of Sadr visited the headquarters of the Muslim Scholars
Association and met with Harith al-Dhari, head of the association, for
coordination between the two parties,"said Abdul Salam al-Kubaisy at a press
Kubaisy declined to give further details but said the talks
wereconcentrating on coordination between the two factions on Iraqi affairs in
the current situation.
"We would welcome any national comprehensive dialogue built on
methodological bases and the separation between resistance and terrorism,
because some are trying to relate the Iraqi resistance to Zarqawi group and
loyalists of the former regime," said Kubaisy.
"The dialogue should lead to the withdrawal of the Americans from our
country," he said.
The meeting was apparently defying a more comprehensive dialogueamong
different sects and ethnic groups across Iraq sponsored by the interim
government to patch up disputes over the political process.
Both the Sunni association and Sadr's group have refused to jointhe
dialogue, the first of its kind since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Neither did they take part in the elections on Jan. 30, which will generate
a new national assembly and a new government.
"We will not take part in any political activity under the occupation, and
the elections took place under it and we have doubts about its honesty, but we
respect the choice of the participants," Kubaisy said. Enditem