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Kerry urges Iraqi leaders to rise above sectarianism

US Secretary of State John Kerry on June 22, 2014 in CairoUS Secretary of State John Kerry on a surprise Egypt visit Sunday urged Iraqi leaders to rise above sectarianism, and said Washington was not responsible for the country’s crisis. Kerry had arrived in Cairo as part of a diplomatic mission to push Egypt toward democracy, but also to discuss the crisis in Iraq, where Sunni militants have made new advances in an offensive that has alarmed the world. “ISIL (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)… its ideology of violence and repression is a threat not only to Iraq but the entire region,” Kerry said at a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. Kerry also said the “US is not engaged in picking or choosing or advocating for any one individual, or a series of individuals to assume the leadership of Iraq.

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