Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said on Friday that Iraq is not witnessing a political blockage in the wake of the last parliamentary elections that took place last October.
Al-Kazemi’s speech came during his speech at the mass that was held at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baghdad on the occasion of Christmas, according to a statement by his office.
Al-Kazemi said, “On Christmas Day, the sound of war stops, and we must continue to create hope. God has created human beings as peoples, tribes and religions, and Iraq is a collector of these many components, and we must preserve this Iraqi heritage in diversity.”
He added, “We celebrate the glorious Christmas, which has become a symbol of a transient Iraqi national identity, and it is imperative that we create an Iraqi identity that transcends sects and religions, and today we celebrate Christmas as days to celebrate spirituality, tolerance, and life.”
He added, “We are united by these holy days, which commemorate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, a prophet of Christians and Muslims alike.” and all other denominations.
He pointed out that “from this standpoint, His Holiness the Pope visited Iraq, and the visit confirmed the symbolic and spiritual importance of Iraq. This visit raised the interest of the whole world in Iraq as a home of religions, from Abraham (peace be upon him) to our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”
He stated that “this country, which is your country, represents a rich religious diversity and a human, cultural and spiritual asset to the whole world. It possesses real wealth, which is the religious and cultural diversity that Iraq possesses, and the Iraqis should make it a source of strength, some countries spend billions of dollars in order to create diversity; for this we must invest diversity in what It supports Iraq’s national, regional and international standing.”
He said, “During the year and a half, my government had to work to advance all the forces of society with all its benevolent components, in order to strengthen Iraq’s regional position, as well as try to support the spiritual and national renaissance of the spectra of Iraqi society in order to restore cohesion between its components, and in order to strengthen its regional position.” and international.”
He added, “Our Christian people and the solidarity of the clergy and Christian leaders with other components had an indispensable role to work hand in hand in order to strengthen this position.”
He pointed out that Iraq “has witnessed a strong national and diplomatic movement during this period, despite the serious challenges that my government faced from the pandemic, the economic crisis, and the regional and international conflict,” adding, “This would not have happened if the Iraqis were not cooperating with each other and supporting the government’s efforts.”
Al-Kazemi said, “We succeeded in raising the name of Iraq, putting the first foundational steps for economic reform, and holding successful and fair elections in a record period, in addition to launching reconstruction and economic cooperation projects with countries in the region and strengthening Iraq’s position regionally and internationally.”
He added, “We affirm once again: The identity of Iraqis cannot be imagined without Christians, and this cannot be done without all the other components of Iraq’s citizens.”
He continued by saying, “I do not believe that there is a political blockage, or in political work. There were elections and there are challenges we face and now there is a dialogue. Some countries have delayed forming governments for a long time. We have no choice but dialogue. It is the solution to build a future worthy of Iraqis of all their sects, and it must Dialogue is an opportunity for hope, not for it to turn into an element of threat and blackmail, as Iraq is built through understanding.”
He pointed out that, “Unfortunately, we hear those who say that the number of Christians in Iraq is constantly decreasing, so we must encourage Christians to stay in Iraq and contribute to building this country and building its national identity, and to face challenges together.”
He said that “weeks ago, Iraq’s credit rating was raised by two degrees, which is what is happening for the first time since 2003; and these are the results of the white paper for economic reform, which has begun to bear fruit.”