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UN chief warns of sectarian tensions after Mosul liberation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an operation to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group should not inflame sectarian tensions.

world Updated: Feb 12, 2017 20:46 IST
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an operation to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group should not inflame sectarian tensions.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an operation to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group should not inflame sectarian tensions.(Reuters File Photo)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says an operation to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city from the Islamic State group should not inflame sectarian tensions.

The secretary general said the ongoing operations to free Mosul should instead be a “symbol of national reconciliation.”

Guterres made the comments during a meeting in Istanbul with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today, according to a statement from the secretary-general’s office.

The recapture of Mosul would effectively break the back of the militant group in Iraq by ending their self-declared “caliphate” there. But many fear that the battle could give way to sectarian tensions.

Guterres is visiting Turkey, five Mideast nations and Germany on his first major trip since taking the helm of the United Nations on January 1.