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Iraq's PM calls on Kurds to hand over Sunni leader

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Iraq's PM calls on Kurds to hand over Sunni leader

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Iraq’s Shi’ite Prime Minister has called on Kurdish authorities to hand over Sunni Vice-President Tareq al-Hashemi.

Speaking at a news conference, Nuri al-Maliki urged the semi-autonomous region to take responsibility, after a warrant was issued for Hashemi’s arrest. He is facing terror charges.

Hashemi, who denies the allegations, travelled to Kurdistan after Maliki’s central government ordered his detention.

The arrest warrant came a day after US troops pulled out of Iraq.

“I was surprised by President Obama’s statement when he said that the US had left a democratic Iraq where the judiciary is honest and transparent, and there is no corruption,” Hashemi said on Tuesday. “Is it the real situation in Iraq?” he asked.

As US troops arrived back home, America urged Prime Minister Maliki to tread carefully after issuing the arrest warrant.

It is calling on leaders to work together to avoid renewed sectarian tensions.