“Baghdad 2” conference… Arab and Western agreement to support Iraq

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, on Tuesday, that the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership achieved consensus on supporting Iraq and developing cooperation projects with it.

During a press conference with his counterparts from Iraq and France, Al-Safadi described the Baghdad conference as “a dialogue umbrella for cooperation and joint action,” noting that the challenges facing the combined countries are common, including economic, security, climate, energy and food security challenges.

Al-Safadi affirmed Jordan’s support for Iraq in its “war on terror,” adding that supporting its security and stability represents a pillar for the security of the region.

Al-Safadi announced that Egypt will host the next edition of the Baghdad Cooperation Conference next year.

The “Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership” kicked off in its second session today, Tuesday, at the Dead Sea in Jordan, with the participation of a number of state leaders.

In his speech, Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein said, “Iraq’s security is a fundamental pillar of the security of our region.”

He added, “We believe in the region’s need for stability and a just and comprehensive peace.”

In his speech, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani, said: “We do not allow the use of our lands to launch any threat to neighboring countries,” and stressed that “Iraq distances itself from the policies of the axes and calls for escalation.”

He called on “Turkey and Iran to ensure Iraq’s water security,” referring to an “existential threat due to water scarcity.”

He urged the Prime Minister of Iraq to “continue joint action to combat extremist ideology.”

For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that “Iraq has become a scene of violations and interventions that destabilize the entire region.”

He stated that “Iraq is one of the victims of the lack of security stability in the region,” noting that “the Middle East region has all the ingredients to be at the forefront of the international agenda,” but “it suffers from divisions and interferences that affect its stability.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared to the conference that “Egypt rejects any foreign interference in Iraq’s affairs.”

He pointed out that “the spread of terrorism and extremist ideology has burdened the Iraqis.”

Al-Sisi expressed his determination to “continue implementing joint projects with Iraq.”

The European Union’s foreign relations official, Joseph Borrell, also demanded the need to “respect Iraq’s territorial integrity from all sides.” “The European Union seeks a stable and more powerful Iraq,” he said.

In addition, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Al-Hajraf, stressed before the conference, “the importance of Iraq and its Arab identity,” stressing the rejection of “all forms of terrorism.”

The conference discussed ways to support Iraq and the efforts it is making to enhance its security and sovereignty, ensure its stability and achieve development and prosperity for its people, in addition to developing regional cooperation mechanisms with Iraq in a number of areas that include combating terrorism, food security, water security, energy and other areas that contribute to its support. .

The conference touched on regional cooperation mechanisms that achieve integration, security and stability in the region.

The “Baghdad 2” conference was held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center on the Dead Sea coast (50 km west of Amman), after a first session held in the Iraqi capital in August 2021 at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraq.

Before the start of the conference, the French presidency said, “The aim of such a meeting is to bring Iraq’s neighbors and partners around the table in an attempt to move forward by strengthening dialogue.”

The conference is the first high-level international meeting chaired by the new Iraqi prime minister, Al-Sudani, whose appointment came after a political stalemate that lasted for more than a year.

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