Qatar Rejects Iraq Demand to Hand over VP Hashemi

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The Gulf state of Qatar rejects Iraq's demand to hand over fugitive Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Khaled al-Attiyah told reporters on Tuesday.

"Diplomatic norms and the post of Hashemi prevent Qatar from doing such a thing," he said when asked about Baghdad's request to hand over the Sunni leader, who is accused of running a death squad.

Hashemi, who arrived in Qatar on Sunday on what the local media has said is an official visit, had been in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region since December.

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