30/03/2012 10:28 ERBIL, March 29 (AKnews) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said yesterday that Iraq will not support a Saudi-Qatari bid to arm Syrian opposition to topple Assad’s regime.

Maliki told the Arab Summit in Baghdad that arming the Syrian opposition or President Bashar al-Assad's government will open the door to foreign intervention in a country that has been marred by conflict for more than a year.

More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the violent public protest against the Assad regime erupted last year.

“Providing either sides of the conflict with weapons will prepare grounds for foreign intervention and the violation of an Arab state’s sovereignty,” Maliki told the Summit.

“We do not support foreign intervention in Syria. We support national dialogue as the right choice to solve the Syrian crisis.”

By Abdullah Sabri