On Saturday, the Iraqi government announced its “categorical” rejection of calls for normalization with Israel, confirming its historical position in support of the Palestinian cause.
This came in a statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, in response to the calls for normalization issued by the “peace” conference, which was organized on Friday in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.
On Friday, a “peace” conference, organized by Sunni and Shiite tribal figures, was held in Erbil, the capital of the region, and called for public normalization of relations with and Israel, in the first event of its kind in Iraq.
The statement said: “These meetings (the conference) do not represent the people and residents of Iraqi cities, which these figures desperately try to speak on behalf of their residents, but rather represent the positions of those who participated in them only.”
And he added: “In addition to being an attempt to confuse the general situation and revive the abhorrent sectarian tone, in light of the readiness of all Iraqi cities to run for fair, early and early elections (on October 10).”
He stated that “the introduction of the concept of normalization is constitutionally, legally and politically rejected in the Iraqi state.”
He continued, “The government has clearly expressed Iraq’s consistent historical position in support of the just Palestinian cause, and the defense of the rights of the Palestinian people.”
He continued: “In the forefront of which is his right to an independent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, and rejection of all forms of settlement, aggression and occupation practiced by Israel against the brotherly Palestinian people.”
Iraq does not establish any relations with Israel, and the majority of political forces reject normalization with Israel.