Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has likened Iraq's confrontation with the US superpower over the past decade to a Jihad, or Muslim holy war, newspapers reported Wednesday.
"I think the struggle against the United States is a form of Jihad," he said in a meeting on Tuesday with Amin Raissi, chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.
He likened Iraq's resistance since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait to "the Jihad waged at the start of Islam against the atheist Persian and Byzantine empires".
US policy was "to impose its hegemony over the world to serve its own interests without a concern for those of other peoples," said Saddam.
Raissi also met the speaker of Iraq's parliament, Saadoun Hammadi, and, in a joint statement, they called for closer links between their two countries and an immediate lifting of the UN embargo in force since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
The Indonesian official, quoted in the official press, condemned "the military operations against Iraq in the so-called no-fly zones imposed without international mandate" by the United States and Britain.
The People's Consultative Assembly is a body that meets every five years to elect Indonesia's president and the vice-president - (AFP)
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