Saudi Arabia should be held responsible for militant financing and crimes committed by insurgent groups in Iraq, the Baghdad government charged on Tuesday.
Comments from Riyadh indicates it is “siding with terrorism”, the cabinet said in a statement issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office.
“We strongly condemn this stance,” the statement read.
“We hold it (Saudi Arabia) responsible for what these groups are receiving in terms of financial and moral support.”
It continued: “The Saudi government should be held responsible for the dangerous crimes committed by these terrorist groups.”
The statement came just days after, Maliki accused both Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting terrorism in Iraq.
Earlier in January, Maliki informed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Riyadh must be held accountable for the recent wave of terrorist attacks having claimed thousands of lives in Iraq.
Additionally, in a speech in the southern city of Nasiriyah on January 19, Maliki stressed that Iraq is the target for some countries that are “backing terrorism, and backing evil.”
“The world has united with us,” Maliki added. “The [UN] Security Council, the European Union, and most Arab countries, except some diabolical treacherous countries.”
Violence has surged across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008.
Iraqi forces continue the battle against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group. The terrorists are advancing in Iraq, threatening to take their acts of violence to several Iraqi cities, including the capital, Baghdad.
On June 15, Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary general of Hezbollah said the United States and its regional and international partners have brought Takfiri terrorists to the region to fight the Syrian government and then allowed them to gain power in Iraq.