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Saudi Arabia condemns 'terrorist' attack on Iraq's Erbil airport
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 15 - 04 - 2021

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack which targeted Iraq's Erbil International Airport.
In a statement on Thursday, the Saudi foreign ministry said "the attack threatens the stability of Iraq and the region, and the safety of air navigation in the country. It also undermines the efforts of the international coalition to help Iraq combat terrorism.
The ministry reiterated Saudi Arabia's full support for Iraq for all measures it takes to protect its security. It affirmed the Kingdom's position rejecting all forms of violence, terrorism, and extremism.
An explosive-laden drone targeted US forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq late on Wednesday.
The interior ministry of the autonomous Kurdistan regional government, based in Erbil, said in a statement the drone was carrying TNT. It said no one was hurt in the attack.
A barrage of rockets hit the same US-led military base in the Erbil International Airport vicinity in February, killing a non-American contractor working with the U.S. military.
Jordan also condemned the attack that targeted Erbil airport Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the foreign ministry carried by the Jordan News Agency (Petra).
The ministry also slammed the terror attack that targeted a market in Al-Habibiya district, east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of people.
In a press statement, the Jordanian foreign ministry's spokesperson, Dhaifallah Al-Fayez, affirmed Jordan's condemnation of these "cowardly" terrorist acts aimed at destabilizing security and stability and contradicting all humanitarian and religious values and principles.
Ambassador Al-Fayez also affirmed Jordan's position rejecting all forms of violence, extremism, and terrorism that target everyone without discrimination, adding that Jordan firmly stands by Iraq, against threats to its security and the safety of its people.
He affirmed that the two countries security is "one and indivisible," and that any threat to the security of Iraq is a threat to the security and stability of the entire region.

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