(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) The Arab League and the European Union Wednesday expressed their deep concern about the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, in particular the city of Mosul.
In a joint statement released after the Third EU-Arab League ministerial meeting in Athens, they "condemned in the strongest terms the recent wave of terrorist attacks, which have caused many casualties and have led many thousands to flee their homes.
"At this difficult moment for Iraq, the EU and the Arab League call upon all Iraqi democratic forces to work together on the basis of the Iraqi Constitution, to overcome this challenge to the security of Iraq and to honour the will of Iraqi citizens to be governed on the basis of a democratic process, as expessed by their participation in the recent national elections," noted the statement.
"In particular, the Arab League and the EU call on the Government of Iraq and the Government of the Kurdistan region to combine their political and military forces in order to restore security to Mosul and Nineveh. They encourage all other democratic elements of society to support such efforts," it said.
"The EU and the Arab League reiterate their firm commitment to Iraq's unity and territorial integrity, which are essential for stability and economic development in the country and the region.
"They also remind all states that it is imperative for them to apply UN resolutions 1267 and 1989, imposing sanctions on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," it added.