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  • Aboul Gheit on a visit to Baghdad: Iraq is a cornerstone of Arab national security
    التاريخ: 2019/09/03

    Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the Arab League, paid an official visit to Baghdad on the 3rd of September at the invitation of the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Mr. Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim, during which he met with President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Mohammed Halbousi and also held a session of talks with the Iraqi Foreign Minister.

    An official source at the General Secretariat stated that Aboul Gheit expressed his support during the meetings with Iraqi officials for the Iraqi march and its stability and tangible success in eliminating the threat of terrorist groups praising the efforts exerted by the government and the Iraqi people to preserve these gains in a difficult regional environment full of tensions and polarization, stressing the importance of building on what has been achieved to spare the Iraqi people, who suffered for decades the scourge of wars, sanctions and instability, and the scourge of regional conflicts, and expressed his confidence in Iraq's restoration of its natural role as a cornerstone of the Arab National Security system.

    The source added that the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States discussed during the talks with the three Iraqi presidencies the overall developments on the regional and international arenas, the current challenges facing Iraq and the repercussions of regional tensions on the internal Iraqi situation, as well as the efforts undertaken by Iraq in the field of combating terrorism and ensuring its eradication from its roots. The return of this threat. The source explained that Aboul Gheit listened with interest to the balanced proposal presented by Iraqi officials on dealing with the crises in the region, and expressed satisfaction with the keenness of the Iraqi side to maintain balanced relations with its Arab and regional environment, and its refusal to engage in proxy wars on Iraqi soil, or Iraq should be an arena for resolving conflicts between external parties. The source pointed out that Aboul Gheit held a lengthy meeting at the Iraqi Foreign Ministry with Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, where they focused on a number of issues and crises going through the region, including the situation in Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and the latest developments related to the Palestinian issue and Israeli violations against it A number of Arab countries recently, in addition to regional tensions resulting from the US-Iranian escalation and its repercussions on the Iraqi arena. The two sides stressed the importance of continuing efforts to find peaceful solutions to the crises that afflict the region, they also stressed the need to preserve the security of the Gulf and the security of navigation. The Secretary-General made clear during the talks that regional interventions in the region, especially by Iran and Turkey, are exacerbating disagreements and crises and perpetuating the turmoil in the Arab region. In the framework of Iraq's receipt of the presidency of the next session (152) of the League Council at the ministerial level scheduled for 10 September, the two sides consulted on the most prominent files to be discussed by the next ministerial meeting, and agreed to continue consultations and cooperation in order to make this session a success.

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