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Iraq PM: Region going through a dangerous turning point after expansion of events in Gaza

October 31, 2023 at 8:31 am

Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni (L) is welcomed by Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani (R) in Baghdad, Iraq on December 23, 2022 [Iraqi Prime Ministry Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images]

Iraqi Prime Minister, Mohammed Shayya’ Al-Sudani, warned yesterday that the region is going through a dangerous turning point that threatens the escalation and expansion of the war on Gaza.

Al-Sudani said during a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni: “What happened on October 7 is the result of years of injustice, killing, lack of respect for international covenants and conventions, and depriving the Palestinian people of their most basic rights to live in safety.”

According to a statement by the Iraqi government, he reiterated: “Iraq’s firm and principled position on the Palestinian right and the great need for a responsible position by the international community and the global superpowers, in order to remedy the humanitarian crisis and prevent the expansion of the conflict, affecting energy supplies and adding a new war to the current wars and conflicts.”

The Iraqi prime minister stressed the need to “open safe corridors for humanitarian and medical aid to reach the more than two million Palestinians living in tragic conditions.”

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For her part, Meloni expressed “Italy’s concern about the events in Gaza and the Italian government’s interest in efforts to reduce the escalation,” according to the statement.

She went on to praise the strategic partnership between Iraq and Italy.

During the phone call, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them, as well as following up on regional and international developments following the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq announced on Monday, that it had targeted a US army site at the Ain Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Governorate, 120 kilometres west of Baghdad, with a missile salvo.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq group previously claimed responsibility for about 15 drone and missile attacks that targeted military bases containing American forces in Iraq and Syria after the escalation of the Israeli war in Gaza.