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Hezbollah condemns Iraqi Kurdistan's Israel normalisation conference

September 28, 2021 at 9:08 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 on September 24, 2021 [SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images]

Lebanese Hezbollah yesterday condemned a normalisation conference held recently in the Iraqi city of Erbil.

In an official statement, the group described the event as a “failed attempt to promote the culture of dialogue with the Israeli enemy.”

The group hailed the judicial procedures taken recently by Iraqi authorities to criminalise calls for normalisation, noting that the latter was reflecting a “distinct awareness of the Iraqi people, the country’s political parties, and their national immunity against the normalisation project in the Middle East.”

“Hezbollah highly values the Iraqi people’s persistence in supporting the Palestinians and their fair cause,” the statement added.

On Friday, a peace conference was held in Erbil in northern Iraq, under the title of “Peace and Recovery.” It was attended by a number of Sunni and Shia tribal figures who called for achieving “comprehensive peace with Israel.”

“We call for Iraq to enter into relations with Israel and its people through agreements similar to the Arab countries that have normalised,” an event statement said.

Last year, four Arab nations – the UAE, BahrainSudan, and Morocco – normalised ties with Israel, a move denounced by Palestinians as a betrayal of their cause.

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