Yesterday, Sunday, some social media platforms circulated a video clip showing that the Iraqi Foreign Minister had an interview with the Israeli channel “I News 24” on the sidelines of his participation in the Manama Dialogue Forum
Iraq renewed its firm and supportive stance for the Palestinian cause, and its categorical rejection of the issue of normalization with Israel, in response to a circulating video showing its foreign minister conducting a dialogue with the Israeli channel on the sidelines of his participation in a forum in Bahrain.
And the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Al-Sahaf, said in a statement published by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “Iraq’s position is firm and supportive of the Palestinian cause, and with the implementation of the full legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and the categorical rejection of the issue of normalization with Israel, and that the Iraqi government position sees this as one of its priorities.” .
Al-Sahaf pointed out that “Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein affirmed at the Manama Dialogue Conference – as is the case in all international forums – the right of the Palestinian people and the rejection of all forms of the issue of normalization.”
He added, “What was reported by a media outlet that impersonated another institution without verifying its authenticity, especially after Minister Hussein reiterated his saying “No to normalization”, whether at the Manama conference or in multiple television interviews.
Yesterday, Sunday, several media outlets and some social media circulated a video clip showing that the Iraqi Foreign Minister had an interview with the Israeli channel “I24NEWS” on the sidelines of his participation in the Manama Dialogue Forum, which some interpreted as a prelude to normalizing relations between Baghdad. and Tel Aviv.
Hussein had confirmed in a speech during the Manama dialogue in Bahrain the day before yesterday, Saturday, that Iraq would not normalize relations with Israel, and would not be part of any agreements in this regard.
He added, “Regarding the expectations of Iraq joining the Abraham Agreements, the answer in short is: No,” referring to the agreements between some Arab countries and Israel to normalize relations.
It is noteworthy that the Iraqi government announced its categorical rejection of a conference held in the city of Erbil (the largest city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq) last September in which tribal figures who called for normalization with Israel participated, and the Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq issued arrest warrants against 3 people – including a deputy Previous – Participate in the conference.