Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Iraqi government announced, on Saturday, its categorical rejection of what it described as “illegal meetings” held by some tribal figures residing in the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region, and “raising the slogan of normalization with Israel.” The Iraqi government stated that normalization with Israel is “constitutionally and legally rejected.”
A statement issued by the media office of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stated, “The government confirms that these meetings do not represent the people and residents of the dear Iraqi cities, which these personalities are desperately trying to speak on behalf of their residents, and that they represent the positions of those who participated in them only, as well as an attempt to confuse the general situation. And the revival of the abhorrent sectarian tone, in light of the readiness of all Iraqi cities to run for fair, early and early elections, in line with the aspirations of our people and to establish the national path that the government was keen to adopt and follow,” according to the Iraqi News Agency.
The statement added: “On the other hand, the proposal of the concept of normalization is constitutionally, legally and politically rejected in the Iraqi state.” Its capital is Al-Quds Al-Sharif, and rejecting all forms of settlement, aggression and occupation by Israel against the brotherly Palestinian people.”
On the other hand, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that “since this government (Bennett-Lapid government) took over, our goal has been to expand the Abrahamic agreements,” adding that “the event in Iraq gives hope in places we have not thought of before.”
Lapid continued by saying: “We and Iraq have a common history and roots in the Jewish community,” and stressed that “for every extended hand, Israel will make its efforts to respond in kind,” according to what was reported by the “Israel in Arabic” account on Twitter of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
And the “Israel in Arabic” account published a tweet in which he said, “Clan leaders and sheikhs from 6 Iraqi governorates choose the path of peace with Israel and join the Abrahamic Peace Agreement at a conference in Erbil (Peace and Recovery Conference) under the auspices of the Peace Communications Center, and in the presence of elites from Anbar, Mosul, Baghdad, Salah al-Din and Diyala.” “.