News ID: 318151
Published: 0328 GMT November 22, 2021

Iraq reaffirms support for Palestine, rejects normalization with Israel

Iraq reaffirms support for Palestine, rejects normalization with Israel

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry reiterated Baghdad’s support for the Palestinian cause, stressing that the Arab country categorically rejects any normalization scheme with Israel.

“We renew the stance of the Foreign Ministry, as it was known, Iraq’s firm and supportive stance towards the Palestinian cause and the implementation of the full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the categorical rejection of the issue of normalization with Israel,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahaf said in a statement carried by Iraqi News Agency.

Sahaf noted that Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has underscored the Palestinian people’s rights and Iraq’s rejection of any form of normalization with Tel Aviv during the IISS Manama Dialogue forum and other international meetings, Press TV wrote.

The foreign minister has stressed “his saying of ‘No to normalization’, whether in Manama conference or in several televised interviews,” the spokesman noted.

At issue was Hussein’s interview with an Israeli channel on the sidelines of the Manama Dialogue forum, which drew strong reactions inside Iraq due to the fact that the top Iraqi official had accepted to be interviewed by Israeli media.

According to Sahaf, the Israeli TV channel that interviewed Hussein had used the name of another media channel.

The Iraqi spokesman then denounced the channel for impersonating another media outlet.

During the interview with i24NEWS, Hussein was asked about the possibility of Iraq joining the normalization accords. “I don’t think so,” he responded. “There are many reasons... Iraq is not going to be part of this accord.”

The so-called Abraham Accords, also known as normalization deals, were signed at the White House in September 2020 between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco and Sudan later signed normalization agreements with the Israeli regime as well.

Palestinians have denounced the normalization deals, describing them as a “stab in the back” and a “betrayal” to their cause.

Back in September, the Iraqi government and resistance groups in the Arab country censured a conference held by a US think tank in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, during which various participants urged Baghdad to join the normalization scheme and normalize relations with Israel.

 

 

   
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