Baghdad - INA
The Seventh Ambassadors Conference, today, Friday, in its final statement, stressed the diversification of economic and development partnerships and increasing Iraq’s effectiveness regionally and internationally.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the seventh ambassadors’ conference in Baghdad for the period from 4-8 November 2023, under the slogan “Iraqi diplomacy; Balanced international relations and sustainable economic development,” which was attended at the opening of the session by the President of the Republic, Abdul Latif Ahmed Gamal Rashid, the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, and the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi.
The statement added, "The seventh edition of the conference came after a break that lasted for years, due to the Corona pandemic and internal, regional and international challenges, with the participation of (85) ambassadors and heads of an Iraqi political and consular mission around the world.".
The Ministry confirmed that it "worked during the conference to maximize the benefit and expand the scope of exchange of sectoral and specialized dialogues, with the relevant committees in the Iraqi Council of Representatives, as well as with ministers, experts, advisors, and military leaders in the Iraqi government, as the conference sessions came to discuss topics: national security." nationalism, combating terrorism, energy, oil, sovereignty and borders, planning and development, consular services and passports, industry, money and monetary policy, environment and climate change, international relations and foreign policy, investment, reconstruction and housing.”.
The statement explained, “The discussions during the sessions concluded with recommendations that would raise the level of coordination and cooperation between the ministry and the relevant national authorities,” noting, “The conference is a priority for the government program of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani.”.
The conference stressed, according to the statement, “diversifying economic and development partnerships, increasing Iraq’s effectiveness regionally and internationally, and moving systematically towards restoring the strategic role with partners and friends, in a way that enhances the security and sovereignty of the country, on the basis of common interests.”.
The statement continued, "National response diplomacy developed an effective agenda during the conference, to reformulate foreign relations at the bilateral and multilateral levels, in line with developments on the regional and international arenas, with the aim of increasing the rates of influence and effectiveness of Iraqi diplomacy, and based on the sources of soft power, the economy, and energy." “Development, taking important roles to reduce escalation in the region, and working to reverse the values, culture and history of Iraq.”.
The statement revealed, “The principled position on the Palestinian issue and the right of its people to self-determination was emphasized, and the unjust war to which the people of the Gaza Strip are exposed was discussed, and the importance of standing and providing humanitarian support to them, in addition to providing relief in various aspects, through continued coordination with the two groups.” Arab and Islamic countries in this regard, as well as continuing dialogues with the rest of the parties with the aim of stopping the aggression of the occupying authority against the Gaza Strip.”.
He stated, "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to express the highest national interests, in line with the growing democratic construction of state institutions, and to provide forms of support and facilitation to members of Iraqi communities around the world.".
The statement concluded, “The conference ended to document a set of political, diplomatic, administrative, technical, financial and organizational recommendations, which would enhance higher capabilities and invest in an environment of stability internally, to continue confirming Iraq’s openness in its foreign policy to all parties according to solid foundations and common and balanced interests.” .