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Al-Kadhimi: 'Iraq will not join any military alliance, position on Palestine firm'

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on October 22, 2020 in London, England [Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi on October 22, 2020 in London, England [Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi has announced that the Jeddah conference in Saudi Arabia "will not witness the discussion of normalisation with Israel" and stressed that discussion on the topic is an attempt to confuse Iraq's restoration of its role in the region.

The prime minister's media office disclosed in a statement on Friday, posted on Twitter, that: "Iraq's position is firm and clear on the Palestinian issue and is not open for discussion."

The media office added that Iraq could not be a foundation to threaten any neighbouring country.

The prime minister stressed that Baghdad would not allow any party to use Iraq as a base to threaten neighbours or create problems by using Iraqi lands.

Al-Kadhimi expressed that they are in dire need of wisdom, patience, reconciliation and restoring confidence for the sake of Iraq and Iraqis. He mentioned that his government's motto from day one has been "Iraq first" and that they will continue to adopt this approach in order to serve the people.

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Moreover, Al-Kadhimi stated during a press conference held in Baghdad before travelling to Jeddah: "Iraq has not and will not be, neither today nor tomorrow, in any military axis or alliance, and the national interest is the goal of these meetings."

"Today we are responding to an invitation extended to Iraq to participate in the Jeddah conference, which will be attended by the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Arab Republic of Egypt, in addition to the United States."

Regarding his upcoming meeting with US President Joe Biden, the prime minister made it clear that he will discuss with the US what they agreed on in the strategic agreement, such as revitalising agreements in the field of education, culture, health and other areas that reflect on the economic role.

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