Syria slams timing of Saddam execution
Syria voiced late Saturday night astonishment at timing of executing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, hoping this would not lead to further violence in Iraq. In an interview with Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel, Syrian Minister of Information Mohsen Bilal said the execution of the former Iraqi leader was "painful and catastrophic" since it came on the first day of Eid Al-Adha and with the Eid's prayers as well as with Muslim pilgrims visit to Mecca where there is "safety, peace and fraternity."
"Making public the fearful photos of executing Saddam Hussein is considered as a breach of the simplest principles and international agreements," Dr. Bilal said, voicing Syria's hope this would not lead "to inflame the situation in Iraq nor contribute to destabilize Iraq again."
Dr. Bilal also expressed Syria's hope that this execution would not lead destabilize the political process that Syria wants to go ahead as to build the integrated and independent Iraq who is an active member in the international community and the Arab League.