Sep 26, 2021 09:26 UTC
  • Iraqi Kurdistan says backs Baghdad rejection of normalization with Israel

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has chastised "some of the organizers" of a gathering held by a US think tank in the semi-autonomous northern Iraqi region, pushing for a full normalization of ties with Israel.

According to Press TV, in a statement, the KRG’s interior ministry stressed that it supports the Iraqi government in rejecting the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Tel Aviv regime.

The statement characterized the New York-based Center for Peace Communications (CPC) as a civil society organization that had "hosted a workshop in Erbil for various personalities from some Iraqi provinces to examine the concepts of coexistence and implementation of federal principles in Iraq under the constitution."

"Unfortunately, some of the organizers stepped away from the goals of the workshop, and used it to advance their own interests. They violated the conditions for obtaining a license to hold such workshops,” the statement said.

“The comments made at the workshop are in no way in line with the official policy of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and do not reflect the policy of the region,” it added.

The KRG ministry said it "will take legal actions against those who strayed the summit from its original path, and will punish the perpetrators whoever they are”.

“The Iraqi Kurdistan Region, as a constitutional institution within the framework of a federal Iraq, is constantly committed to the official policy of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will never allow the abuse of freedom and democracy for the sake of political goals. Those who did so will have no place in the Kurdistan region and will be expelled,” the statement said.

On Friday, scores of men and women attended a conference in a hotel in Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, during which some of them reportedly demanded that Baghdad join the so-called Abraham Accords and normalize relations with Israel.

The Abraham Accords were signed at the White House in September 2020 between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco and Sudan later signed normalization agreements with the Israeli regime as well.

Palestinians have denounced the normalization deals, describing them as a “stab in the back”.