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Anxious situation in Iraq consequences of Syria - Kuwait FM

ATHENS, June 12 (KUNA) -- First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said that the situation in Iraq "poses a security threat" and creates "a source of true anxiety" for the region, warning of ramifications if a combined response to terrorism is not initiated.
This anxiety is not expressed by Kuwait alone, but for all the nations of the region, he said at a press conference with Greece's Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos at the end of a visit to Greece on the Golden Jubilee of both countries' diplomatic relations.
Kuwait had previously warned that there would be consequences in the event of the spilling of the situation in Syria into other nations, he added.
"I think what has occurred is a translation of what we (Kuwait) were warning of as a result of the crisis in Syria -- that it would spread.
"The destruction does not only affect Syria but also affects neighbouring and regional nations," he added.
"Any threats or fundamentalism in one of the region's nations pose a threat to the security of the region -- All of these matters are the source of true anxiety for the nations of the region." Arab League and the European Union foreign ministers, meeting in Athens late on Wednesday, had released a joint statement condemning the ongoing terrorist attacks in Iraq.
Jihadist militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of Iraq's second largest city of Mosul, along with parts of key cities Tikrit and Kirkuk over the past three days, while the US is pondering whether to launch an offensive in order to hinder their advances. (pickup previous) hab.sd