“Diversity is a source of strength”… Iraq is preparing for interfaith dialogue

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 2022-08-11 12:06A-AA+

Shafaq News/ On Thursday, the US “Al-Monitor” website raised the issue of Iraq’s preparations to host the Interfaith Dialogue Conference next October, in cooperation with the Vatican, in the hope that religious diversity and coexistence in the country would be a source of strength for it.

The American report, translated by Shafak News Agency, reminded the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcing on August 5 that preparations for the third interfaith dialogue conference scheduled for October had been completed, in coordination with Shiite, Sunni, Christian, Mandaean and Yazidi endowments, after the ministry had announced on 26 In January, the Interfaith Conference will be held with the participation of the Pontifical Council in the State of the Vatican.

Iraq and Interfaith Dialogue

After the report indicated that Pope Francis, during his visit to Iraq last year, called for achieving peace in the region and promoting interfaith dialogue, the report stressed that Iraq’s interest in religious dialogue is not new.

He pointed out that Dhi Qar Governorate began on July 10 the construction of a center for interfaith dialogue that includes places of worship for Muslims, Christians, Jews and Sabians, in addition to a hall and a forum for interfaith dialogue in the historic city of Ur.

Interfaith dialogue has gained greater importance as a result of the conflict with the extremist organization ISIS, which invaded Iraq between 2014-2017 and left about 6 million people displaced from their places of origin.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry

The report quoted the Iraqi Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, Safiya Talib Al-Suhail, as saying that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the patronage of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the directives of Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein, will host an international forum for interfaith dialogue in Baghdad in cooperation and coordination with the Vatican and a number of countries and international institutions, in order to promote peace and international cooperation. and coexistence.

Al-Suhail explained that meetings held between the Awqaf offices in Iraq and the Papal Council in the Vatican State in its first session in 2013 and the second in 2017, dealt with the challenges facing people of religions, and a third meeting was scheduled for October 2022.

According to Al-Suhail, the conference will be under the slogan “Education for the New Generations: The Path to Peace and Comprehensive Development,” explaining that among the agenda items of the conference is “preparing teachers to perform the educational mission of peacemaking, while reviewing curricula to promote a culture of coexistence.”

The report quoted Al-Suhail as saying that “the Iraqi state is keen to fulfill its obligations related to respect for human rights and democracy, as defined by the Iraqi constitution, including the rights of cultural and religious minorities and other fundamental freedoms,” adding that Iraq is committed to the recommendations and results of the Pope’s visit to Iraq. .

Pontifical Council

Among the organizers of the Baghdad conference are the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Iraqi endowment bodies, as well as spiritual leaders of all faiths.

The report quoted the religious and cultural representative of the Shiite Endowment Office, Ihsan Jaafar Ahmed, as saying that the Shiite Endowment participated in two previous conferences, and the new conference will be the third.

Ahmed expressed his belief that the results of these meetings will be positive and tangible at the national, regional and global levels, in light of the great challenges facing our societies, especially for workers in the religious field.

He added that there is a keenness on the part of the Iraqi religious institutions to follow the path of the supreme authority of Sayyid Ali al-Sistani and to rely on his directives in dealing with people and societies.

He pointed out that “Shiite and Sunni endowments are working to build many common denominators that unite them and restore national cohesion that was destroyed by extremist ideology in Iraq, which is multi-religious, sects and ethnicities, while we are working to transform this diversity into a source of strength for Iraq.”

The decline of religious hatred

The report also quoted the leader of the State of Law coalition, Abbas Abboud, the former editor-in-chief of “Al-Sabah” newspaper, as saying that “there is no religious conflict in Iraq, but rather a conflict of nationalities and sects,” adding that “Iraq has enjoyed, since ancient times, a state with religious beliefs.” Diverse, as it is a homeland that includes the oldest churches and various places of worship.

Abboud considered that “minorities in Iraq are fine compared to other countries, with the exception of the period of ISIS invasion of Iraqi lands,” noting that “the region urgently needs interfaith dialogue and that Iraq can play a pivotal role in this field, considering that it is a diverse and tolerant country, and its people are on the He communicated with Turks, Persians and other nationalities, given the geographical location of Iraq, which gives it a leading role in promoting dialogue.

The US report concluded by noting that religious hatred has declined significantly in Iraq and the region in recent years, but there is a need to change the societal culture in order to secure the prevention of pluralism in Iraq and to deal with it legally and socially through the development of new legislation that emphasizes equality in citizenship and ensure respect for all religions, in addition to criminalizing all forms of discriminatory discourse that promotes hatred.

Translation: Shafak News Agency

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COORDINATION FRAMEWORK BEGINS TALKS ON REPLACING SUDANI AS PM CANDIDATE

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SULAIMANI — An MP from the Fatah Alliance, Muain Kadhimi said on Thursday (August 11) the Coordination Framework has started discussions to replace Mohammed Shia al-Sudani the bloc’s candidate for prime minister.

Kadhimi told Iraqi News Agency (INA) that what is important for the Coordination Framework is to form the government and end the suffering of the people. 

He said the framework is discussing a replacement for Sudani in case any talks with the Sadrist Movement hit a deadlock. 

The Fatah Alliance is part of the Coordination Framework along with the State of Law Coalition, the Alliance of National State Forces, the National Wisdom Movement, and the Islamic Virtue Party. 

Kadhimi said the Coordination Framework has formed a committee headed by the leader of the Fatah Alliance, Hadi al-Amri, and the committee has directly contacted the leader of Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, and other Iraqi parties in order to hold a meeting. 

He said the meeting will be to reach a decision on Sadr’s demand to hold early elections and the dissolution of parliament, a decision that would require the agreement of all parties. 

Sadr has demanded parliament be dissolved within ten days. 

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The current and the framework issue new directives to their supporters as part of the mobilization for counter-demonstrations

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 2022-08-11 05:23A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Both the Shiite coordination framework and the Sadrist movement opposing it issued new directives today, Thursday, to their supporters to mobilize for counter-demonstrations in the central and southern regions of Iraq against the background of the worsening political crisis, and its access to a closed road in the country.

The “Organizing Committee for Demonstrations to Defend Legitimacy and Preserve State Institutions” of the framework said in a statement today that “the start of mass demonstrations (the people protect the state) will be at five o’clock in the afternoon, tomorrow, Friday, August 12, 2022, on the green walls on the side of the suspension bridge.” .

The statement called on “all Iraqis who love their country and their state” to “actively participate in order to demand respect for state institutions, especially the legislative and judicial ones, and to prevent lawlessness, chaos, and disruption of security and community peace, and to peacefully demand the formation of a national service government that alleviates people’s suffering from high prices, water scarcity and electricity cuts, and approves a budget The state is to provide job opportunities and eliminate unemployment and poverty, and it takes upon itself the responsibility of completing the project of the great port of Faw and the rest of the lagging projects, and it has a real role in supporting farmers and promoting agriculture, and fighting corruption by activating the role of integrity and financial control, and other matters that concern Iraq and the Iraqis.

He added, “Our date is the bridge, and the free people will have a patriotic stand that refuses to confiscate the opinion of the people and monopolize it under any pretext. Iraq is for all, the parliament is for all the people, and the judiciary is the pillar of the state.”

The statement called on supporters of the framework to “adhere to the instructions of the committee, not to encroach on public and private property, and to cooperate fully with our brothers in the Iraqi security forces.”

In turn, the “Minister of the Leader” who is close to the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr said in a post on social media, “The reform-lovers should prepare (to support reform) by gathering each in his governorate, and at five o’clock tomorrow, Friday, you will be rewarded with the best reward and stay until further notice.” From this page, not fake pages.

He attributed the reasons for the demonstrations, including what he called the anger of the corrupt, “as well as filling out legal forms to be submitted to the judiciary in order to dissolve Parliament.”

This is the second counter-demonstrations mobilized by the Shiite poles since the Sadrists stormed the building of the Iraqi parliament in protest against the nomination of the framework Mohammed Shiitea Al-Sudani for the post of Prime Minister.

The political scene in Iraq has undergone a dangerous turn since supporters of the Sadrist movement led by prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the parliament building in the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, and staged a sit-in in protest against Al-Sudani’s nomination for the position of head of the next federal government.

The Sadrist bloc had obtained the highest votes in the early legislative elections that took place in October of 2021, but the efforts of the leader of the current failed to form the new federal government due to the Shiite coordination framework standing in its way by obtaining a fatwa from the Federal Court with the so-called blocking third in a contract The session for electing the President of the Republic, which paves the way for naming the Prime Minister.

The three-way alliance between the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Masoud Barzani, the Sovereignty Alliance headed by Khamis al-Khanjar, and the Sadrist movement led by Muqtada al-Sadr was broken following the resignation of the Sadrist bloc’s deputies, and the movement’s withdrawal from the political process by order of al-Sadr.

The political scene is in a crisis situation and a dead end unprecedented in the history of Iraq, as more than 300 days have passed since the early elections without being able to form a new government in the country, and the caretaker government headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi remains.

On the tenth of last October, Iraq held early legislative elections to get out of a political crisis that swept the country after large demonstrations in the central and southern regions in 2019 in protest against the widespread unemployment in society, the spread of financial and administrative corruption in government departments and institutions, and the deteriorating reality The service and the livelihood, which prompted the former prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, to resign under popular pressure.

As soon as the preliminary results of the elections were announced, the voices of political forces and actors rose in their rejection of losing many seats, accusing them of major fraud in the ballot, which was denied by the executive and judicial authorities, at a time when the United Nations and international organizations praised the integrity of the electoral process.

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urgent Al-Kazemi: We are ready to hand over power, and accusing me of disrupting the formation of the government is nonsense


  • Time: 08/11/2022 14:25:16
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Al-Kazemi: We are ready to hand over power, and accusing me of disrupting the formation of the government is nonsense

  {Political: Al Furat News} Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced his readiness to “hand over power to any elected government.”

Al-Kazemi said in the most prominent statement in his speech during the opening of the cabinet session, which was held today, Thursday: “I offer my deepest condolences on the occasion of Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him), from which we draw inspiration from the values ​​of sacrifice, justice, and fighting injustice, and from which we draw the spirit of belonging.” For the homeland and humanity, and the importance of building nations on the basis of justice. We started with this government together by facing major economic, security, political and health challenges, and we accepted the challenge, and for nearly two and a half years we have been working to overcome all obstacles in very complex circumstances.

And he indicated that “Iraq faces a real political problem in the post-election stage, and it needs a solution, and the solution requires dialogue, wisdom, and sacrifice, as Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) sacrificed for the sake of justice, values, and religion, and political leaders are also required to make sacrifices. For the sake of the country, for the sake of our children, and the challenges we face are reflected in the performance of the government and all Iraqi state institutions. This government spent 28 months, and it is unfortunate that during this period there was only a budget for 6 months, so how can the state work in the absence of a budget?”

Al-Kazemi continued, “We are going through a difficult period, and with all this we have worked to overcome many problems. There were lagging or failed projects that had been planned for many years, and we worked to revive them and turn them into opportunities for success, in rebuilding lagging hospitals and other projects related to electricity and oil. gas, and alternative energy, but without a budget, people’s lives will be disrupted.”

He stressed, “We are now in the eighth month of 2022, and there is no budget, and the imbalance is not in the government, but because of the existing political situation, so how do we build schools, pave roads and build projects with the absence of political consensus on forming the government or finding a solution to the political blockage, and the issue of the budget is a very serious matter.” And we have good financial abundance and we need to invest it in rebuilding infrastructure and achieving the demands of our honorable people.

Al-Kazemi added, “We have been late for 17 years and now we have a chance, and this government was at the same distance from everyone and focused on the technical side more than the political side, and for this I say: We stand in the middle of the road, and at the same distance from everyone, and therefore I hope the political blocs will support This government is to do its job.”

He noted, “We have provided money for electricity, health and lagging projects. We must work hard to help our children. People are waiting for a lot from us, and this is their right to demand the government, and it is unfortunate what is happening, because our people do not deserve this circumstance, but rather deserve the best and that we sacrifice from Yes, people and the future, and the political dispute has begun to be reflected in the service reality in the state, and accordingly we must look for a solution and I call on everyone to engage in dialogue in all seriousness.”

The Prime Minister stressed that “dialogue is the only solution to our problems, and we have no other choice. As for resorting to methods of media escalation, social media, and spreading chaos and frustration among people, this will not help in building the modern democratic experience. We are a young democracy, and we need to act according to Wisdom and reason, and citizens should know that every day that a solution to the political impasse is delayed, the government is tied up, and it is in a difficult situation in which it is difficult to carry out its duties.

And he stated, “The caretaker government according to the constitution, its work is supposed to be associated with a short period and not to stay for nine months without a new government, and it is unreasonable for the government to remain tied, and the constitutional deadlines have been exceeded, and we are required to remain a caretaker government; this is not possible and must The political blocs are cooperating with the government to find a solution to the budget issue, and we are ready to help and play our role as an executive authority in accordance with the law.

Al-Kazemi said: “We have accepted the challenge in the past and are ready now as well. We worked calmly and endured injustice and slander, and all the rumors that tried to take away the determination of the ministers and the government, for the sake of Iraq and the Iraqis.”

He explained, “We have accepted the responsibility in order to spare the people’s blood. We came in difficult circumstances and despite the absence of all the ingredients for success, and thank God the government succeeded in providing an achievement within a short period of providing work that the government did not achieve except in two sessions. We have the ability to continue serving our people, But there should be real political support for the government instead of political differences. There are parties that always turn the conflict toward the government, and the government has nothing to do with it, as we are not a party to the political conflict.”

He pointed out, “We went through an ordeal during the past two or three weeks, and, thank God, the crisis was dealt with calmly, and we succeeded in not having Iraqi blood flowing on Iraqi lands, and we will continue with this approach and whoever thinks that this government is working to strain the atmosphere is mistaken. We have said since the first day. “We are ready to hand over power to any elected government, and at the moment when the political blocs agree, we are ready. What is the talk about the government or the prime minister working to obstruct the formation of the government or the solution but nonsense, so who would accept to stay in these difficult circumstances?”

And he went on, “The story is not a position story, but a success story, either we are successful and accept the challenge, or the political blocs have to accept their role to find a solution to the blockage; And I mentioned yesterday, and a week ago, and I repeat it now: A thousand years of dialogue is better than a single moment in which there is a clash between Iraqis.

He stressed that “Iraqi blood is precious, and our people have suffered a lot for the past 70 years, and therefore we must not devote a culture of self-destruction and the destruction of the historical opportunity. Iraq can be today in an advanced position, with capabilities, wealth, and financial abundance that help us build our country, and we succeeded.” During the two years, we restored our relations with all countries of the world, and Iraq became a point of meeting and integration with others, in order to serve our people and the peoples of the region.

He went on to say, “We presented an initiative and it was approved by most of the political blocs, and we are still working to create an opportunity for dialogue. We must preserve our democratic system, and we must correct if there are wrong paths or there are paragraphs in the constitution. Correction or change must be consensus.” On him from all the Iraqi people, and I hope that God grants us all patience and wisdom for the sake of the future of our country, for the sake of history, and for the sake of our children and grandchildren.”

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Determining the hour of the demonstration of “supporting legitimacy” and its demands at the green walls

  • Time: 08/11/2022 12:42:49
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Determining the hour of the demonstration of "supporting legitimacy" and its demands at the green walls

  {Political: Al Furat News} The organizing committee for demonstrations to defend legitimacy and preserve state institutions set the date and demands of the demonstrations scheduled for tomorrow, Friday.

A statement issued by Al-Furat News, a copy of it, stated: “The organizing committee for the demonstrations to defend legitimacy and preserve state institutions announces that the start of the mass demonstrations {the people protect the state} will be at five o’clock in the afternoon tomorrow, Friday, on the green walls from the side of the bridge.” commentator.”
She expressed her “hope for all Iraqis who love their country and their state to participate actively in order to demand respect for state institutions, especially the legislative and judicial ones, and to prevent lawlessness and chaos and disruption of security and community peace.”
She referred to the “peaceful demand to form a national service government that alleviates people’s suffering from the high prices, water scarcity and electricity cuts, and approves the state budget to provide job opportunities and eliminate unemployment and poverty, and takes upon itself the responsibility of completing the project of the great port of Faw and the rest of the lagging projects, and it has a real role in Supporting farmers, promoting agriculture, fighting corruption by activating the role of integrity and financial control, and other matters that concern Iraq and the Iraqis.
The statement remarked, “Our date is the bridge, and the free will have a patriotic stand that refuses to confiscate the people’s opinion and monopolize it under any pretext. Iraq is for all, the parliament is for all the people, and the judiciary is the pillar of the state. We hope that everyone will abide by the committee’s instructions, not to encroach on public and private property, and to cooperate fully with our brothers in the Iraqi security forces.”

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The Central Bank Announces An Increase In Its Cash Reserves To 82 Billion Dollars

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On Thursday, the Central Bank of Iraq revealed that cash reserves had risen to $82 billion, as well as an increase in its gold balance to record levels.

The official spokesman for the Central Bank, Omar Asim, said in a statement reported by the official “Al-Sabah” newspaper, which was seen by “The Information”, that “the bank’s reserves currently amount to 82 billion dollars.”

Assem added, “Iraq also advanced 10 ranks in the table of countries with the most gold, to become the thirtieth in the world and fourth in the Arab world, as its total possessions exceeded 130 tons, after purchasing an additional 34 tons, and this came within the bank’s policy to achieve stability and ability to confront Local and international economic variables.

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The Central Bank Announces An Increase In Its Cash Reserves To 82 Billion Dollars

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On Thursday, the Central Bank of Iraq revealed that cash reserves had risen to $82 billion, as well as an increase in its gold balance to record levels.

The official spokesman for the Central Bank, Omar Asim, said in a statement reported by the official “Al-Sabah” newspaper, which was seen by “The Information”, that “the bank’s reserves currently amount to 82 billion dollars.”

Assem added, “Iraq also advanced 10 ranks in the table of countries with the most gold, to become the thirtieth in the world and fourth in the Arab world, as its total possessions exceeded 130 tons, after purchasing an additional 34 tons, and this came within the bank’s policy to achieve stability and ability to confront Local and international economic variables.

Gold is one of the most important assets held by central banks and international financial institutions, due to its acceptance at the level of international dealings. finished/25

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