Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi: Diplomacy and dialogue are the real power to protect people and keep away from wars[/rtl]
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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed, on Monday, that diplomacy and dialogue are the real strength to protect people and stay away from wars, stressing the departure of the militarization of society and armed manifestations
Al-Kazemi said during a speech at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "I thank the brothers in the Foreign Ministry who were unknown soldiers who played an important role in the success of the visit of His Holiness to Iraq."
He added, "It was agreed that soft power must take its course. The weapons that Iraq possessed did not lead it to anything but destruction, futile wars and hostilities."
He continued, "Diplomacy and dialogue are the real power to protect people and keep away from wars, and it is our only opportunity to get out of the cycle of conflicts, and the alternative to it is nothing but the madness of wars and the devastation that this country has suffered from for decades."
The Prime Minister stressed that "effective diplomacy requires a great effort on various parties, and this is the role of our embassies, diplomats and international organizations, and the activation of various tools and means of dialogue that guarantee the country's interests and direct it towards permanent solutions."
He pointed out that "in our society, unfortunately, we see continuous phenomena from the buried Baath era until after 2003, the phenomenon of the militarization of society and armed phenomena. This we must leave, and the alternative must be diplomacy, economy and development, wars have an easy start, and peace-making is more difficult, so it must be." We leave this stage and diplomacy is the solution to dealing with problems. "
He pointed out that "the Iraqi situation in the face of complex and complex crises of political, economic, social and cultural dimensions, and we must make the most of our international relations and international support to help overcome them and mitigate many of the effects of the circumstances that Iraq has gone through."
Al-Kazemi expressed "the importance of creating a unified national discourse, from which we would embark on a broader dialogue at the regional level to secure the interests of our people and regional peace and stability."
He explained that "the Iraqi government succeeded in developing active diplomacy during the period of this government, as we activated the strategic dialogue with the United States, and we moved towards focusing on economic, diplomatic and cultural cooperation, and we also succeeded in reducing the number of foreign forces by sixty percent," noting that "Iraqi diplomacy helped Iraq." Also to get out of the economic crisis, as the Economic Communication Group was formed at our invitation, which stood by Iraq in its economic crisis and is still providing support for us in the path of economic reform and the implementation of the White Paper. Stressing, "the country's openness towards all regional and international powers, which created a positive impression about Iraq, its political stability, and the great historical opportunities for it."
Regarding the Pope’s visit, Al-Kazemi said that it “came within these efforts to provide great moral support to Iraq, and a message to all that Iraq is an environment for the convergence of religions and civilizations, and that it transcends the ordeal of war and the destruction caused by ISIS, and that the Iraqi people are a peace-loving people and proud of their religious, social and political diversity.” .
He stressed the existence of "several memoranda of understanding and agreements that we worked on during this period with all our Arab, Iranian and Turkish neighbors, despite all the differences that exist between these powers."
He pointed out that "the government has put forward the idea of the new east and we are working to implement it by creating broad common interests between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, that would create a prosperous economic zone from which all powers in the region benefit from and in which Iraq plays a major role," noting "
On the economic front, the Prime Minister affirmed that "the railway linkage agreement between Iraq and Iran will be completed, which will link Iraq with northern China and create wide economic opportunities for it."
Al-Kazemi called on political and societal forces to read models of success among other peoples, to see how Rwanda transformed from one of the worst experiences of ethnic cleansing to a prosperous country in the continent of Africa, and how South Africa succeeded in crossing from one of the worst experiences of racism to a successful country by applying a correct approach to transitional justice. As well as Singapore, the Balkan Peninsula, and other major conflict areas in the world. " Stressing that "there are great potentials for building peace and creating new opportunities for all peoples of the region, and Iraq must take an active role in this path, and you in the Iraqi diplomatic apparatus are the soldiers of this comprehensive and lasting peace for us and for all the peoples of the region."
He concluded his speech by saying, "You are at the various levels of your work, whether at the ministry’s headquarters in Baghdad or in our embassies abroad. You are all ambassadors and ambassadors, each one and one of you is a mobile Iraq, and this is a major responsibility, and I see that you are up to the responsibility."
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