The Iraqi government has fundamentally worked to keep the country away from wars, as it is not in the interest of conflict-ridden Iraq to slip into another round of instability, according to the chief diplomat.
Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Fuad Hussein’s remarks came during the inauguration of the 7th Conference of Ambassadors in Baghdad, where top Iraqi diplomats, prime minister, and lawmakers attended.
The diplomat highlighted the “dangers” the Middle East is currently dealing with, insisting it’s in Baghdad’s interest to avoid slipping into a war.
“It is the fundamental of government’s work,” Hussein said, referring to efforts to keep the country from conflicts.
The remarks come as the region is witnessing an unprecedented cycle of Israel-Hamas conflict that is feared to escalate into a regional conflict since Oct. 7. Iraqi militia groups have threatened Israel recently with rocket attacks if it continues its “aggression” in the besieged Gaza Strip, where over 9,000 people, most of whom women and minors, have been killed.
The Iraqi Islamic Resistance Group even claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on one of the Israeli cities in retaliation for Tel Aviv’s ongoing ground operations in the Mediterranean enclave. Attending the four-day conference, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani reiterated the country’s “unwavering” support for the Palestinian people.
He also insisted that Iraq would remain a “key factor for peace” and would not be part of conflicts. Iraq in recent years has adopted a “balanced approach” in its foreign policy, according to the country’s diplomats.
The Baghdad Conference III planned to be held in late November for “economic integration and regional stability”, has been postponed due to “regional events”. French President Emmanuel was set to attend.