Saddam's daughters asked to stop politicking

The two daughters of toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein have been warned to stop politicking if they want to remain in Jordan.

    Raghad and her younger sister Rana fled to Jordan on 31 July

    "The welcome extended to the two daughters of Saddam Hussein by Jordan was motivated by humanitarian concerns and we expect them to respect the rules of hospitality, the position of Jordan and its commitments," said spokeswoman Asma Khudr on Wednesday.

    "We are not asking that Raghad and Rana stop giving interviews to journalists but that these should have a human, not political aspect," Khudr said. 

    Raghad and her younger sister Rana fled to Jordan with their nine children on 31 July, nearly four months after their father's regime was toppled by US-led coalition forces. 

    Khudr stressed that the Jordanian government was not "asking them to be silent, because they are not prisoners."

    Raghad, the elder daughter of the toppled Iraqi leader, said in a recent telephone interview with Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite television station she was certain her father had been drugged before his capture by US forces just over a week ago. 

    Last week, in an interview with US news network CNN, she asked that Saddam be given a fair trial, outside Iraq.



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