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Prominent Iraq community leaders call for normalisation with Israel

September 25, 2021 at 11:17 am

More than 300 Iraqis, including tribal leaders, attended a conference in autonomous Kurdistan organised by a US think-tank demanding a normalisation of relations between Baghdad and Israel, organisers said, on September 24, 2021. [SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images]

More than 300 Iraqis from Baghdad, Mosul, Al-Anbar, Babel, Salahuddin and Diyala on Friday called for Iraq to normalise relations with Israel through the Abraham Accords, Israeli media reported.

According to Ynet News, Sunni and Shia community leaders have called for Iraq to join the Abraham Accords and establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Israeli Channel 12 reported that the chief of the largest Arab tribe in the Middle East, and former generals from the Iraqi army, have called for normalising relations with Israel.

According to Israeli TV, Chemi Peres, son of late Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, attended the press conference during which the Iraqi leaders called for the normalisation of ties.

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During the conference, which was secured by Kurdish forces and hailed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Peres spoke in Hebrew about the need for peace.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was reported by Ynet News stating that the event: “Inspires hope for places we have not thought of before.”

He also affirmed: “We and Iraq share a common history and roots in the Jewish community, and whenever someone reaches out to us, we will do everything to reach back.”