Iraq’s Maliki summons parties, Sunnis rebuff

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki summoned all Iraq's parties to talks in the coming days but was promptly rebuffed on Wednesday by the main Sunni bloc, as a sectarian crisis in his power-sharing coalition deepened. Days after the final withdrawal of the U.S. forces which overthrew Saddam Hussein, Maliki's Shi'ite Muslim allies have sought to arrest […]

Suadad al-Salhy reports for Reuters:

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki summoned all Iraq's parties to talks in the coming days but was promptly rebuffed on Wednesday by the main Sunni bloc, as a sectarian crisis in his power-sharing coalition deepened.

Days after the final withdrawal of the U.S. forces which overthrew Saddam Hussein, Maliki's Shi'ite Muslim allies have sought to arrest the country's Sunni vice president on charges of terrorism and on Wednesday Maliki demanded that leaders of the autonomous Kurdish region hand over the wanted man.