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Hundreds of Iraqi Leaders Call to Join Abraham Accords, Their Government Rejects Normalization With Israel
US President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, DC, Sept. 15, 2020. (Shealah Craighead/White House)

Hundreds of Iraqi Leaders Call to Join Abraham Accords, Their Government Rejects Normalization With Israel

Hundreds of Iraqi leaders called to join the Abraham Accords and normalize relations with Israel. The call came on Friday at a conference held in Irbil, Iraq, the capital of autonomous Kurdistan, organized by the New York-based think tank, the Center for Peace Communications. Iraq has officially been at war with Israel since its founding in 1948. Iraqi Kurdistan maintains contact with Israel. Participants in the conference included Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim tribal leaders, social activists and former military commanders. The Iraqi government rejected the call for normalization with Israel on Saturday, saying in a statement that the meeting in Irbil was “not representative of the opinion of the population and that of residents in Iraqi cities, in whose name these individuals purported to speak.” It also called the conference an “illegal meeting.”

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