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Iraq’s Sadr calls to arrest participants in Israel normalisation conference

September 30, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr Najaf, on February 10, 2021 [ALI NAJAFI/AFP via Getty Images]

Iraq’s popular political figure and leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada Al-Sadr, yesterday called for the implementation of arrest warrants issued against those who took part in the Israel normalisation conference in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq, last week.

“We are still waiting for the arrest warrants issued against the participants in the normalisation conference to be implemented,” Al-Sadr wrote on Twitter, adding that “if they are not arrested, we will have strict (national) measures against the normalisers and the participants. There will be no regrets.”

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On Friday, a conference attended by tribal and academic figures was held in Erbil and called for the normalisation of relations with the occupation state of Israel.

The Iraqi government, including the regional government, condemned the conference, while the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq issued arrest warrants against a number of participants.