President Rashid Meets Several Arab Presidents in RiyadhIraq 10:25 AM - 2023-11-13
Iraqi President arrived in Riyadh on Saturday
The President of the Republic of Iraq, Abdullatif Jamal Rashid, arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday and met several presidents of Arab countries to discuss the recent events in Gaza.
The President of the Republic of Iraq, Abdullatif Jamal Rashid, arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday to attend the Arab League Emergency Summit and was greeted by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Governor of Riyadh Region. President Rashid was accompanied by Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein, and two Members of Parliament, Mr. Jabbar Freih al-Kinani and Wasfi al-Assi al-Obaidi.
President Rashid Condemns Targeting Civilian Institutions in Gaza
President Rashid delivered a speech at the exceptional Joint Islamic-Arab Summit in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this summit was to consolidate collaborative endeavors to aid the Palestinian cause.
President Rashid stated that Iraq reaffirms its commitment to resolving the Palestinian issue in a fair and long-term manner by restating its firm position to establish an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital as per international legitimacy resolutions.
His Excellency strongly condemned the acts of aggression against housing complexes, hospitals, and civilian facilities that resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians, the majority of whom were women, children, and the elderly, as a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.
He further urged the international community to denounce the deliberate assaults, serious transgressions, and destruction of civilian institutions in Gaza. He underlined that to deliver relief to Palestinian residents, there must be an immediate end to hostilities; thus, we must move quickly to allow humanitarian supply convoys to enter the Palestinian territories without delay.
President Rashid, Syrian President, Discuss Regional Situation
The Iraqi President met with the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, outside the Emergency Arab Summit.
President Rashid and his Syrian counterpart spoke about the impact of Israel's aggression on the Gaza Strip in addition to how to improve relations between the two countries, the most recent events in the international and regional arena, and the situation in Palestine.
President Rashid highlighted that Iraq and Syria have a long history together, so they must cooperate in all areas that best serve their common interests. He also stated that more cooperation is required to fight terrorism and extremism.
In his speech, Iraq's President stressed the importance of closer coordination and consultation between the two countries on issues of mutual concern for global peace and security. He also reaffirmed Iraq's unwavering commitment to assisting Palestinians in ascertaining their right to establish an independent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
The leaders condemned Israel's attack on civilians and hospitals in the Gaza Strip. They also stressed the importance of an immediate cease-fire, people protection, humanitarian aid for besieged families, and safe passage for them.
Bashar al-Assad stated that his government is committed to assisting Iraq in its efforts to protect its security and sovereignty. In addition to appreciating Iraq's support for the Syrian people, he highlighted his country's willingness to consolidate relations between the two countries and strengthen collaboration and coordination links.
Iraqi President, Kuwait's Crown Prince Emphasize Expanding Bilateral Ties
As part of his series of meetings, President Rashid met with Kuwait's Crown Prince, Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in Riyadh.
In order to serve the common interests of the people of Iraq and Kuwait in trade, business, economic, and energy-related areas, the President of Iraq believes that strengthening bilateral connections and increasing bilateral cooperation are essential. According to him, it is also crucial that they correlate opinions of shared interests to improve security and stability for the surrounding region and its citizens.
During the discussion, there was a particular emphasis on the necessity of stopping the attacks on the Gaza Strip, establishing safe channels, and giving the trapped Palestinians humanitarian relief. In addition, targeting residential complexes, hospitals, and other civilian facilities would not be accepted, nor would retaliation, collective punishment, or blatant violations.
The Crown Prince of Kuwait stated that his country wants to work with Iraq to develop collaboration that would benefit the people of both nations, in addition to fortifying and broadening bilateral ties.
President Rashid Meets Palestinian President
President Rashid also met with President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine in Riyadh.
During the meeting, recent political developments in the Palestinian territories were deliberated, with particular emphasis on the continued aggression on the Gaza Strip and its implications for regional stability and security.
President Rashid reaffirmed Iraq's backing for the Palestinian cause and its dedication to guaranteeing the Palestinian people's ability to exercise their entire range of fundamental rights during his speech. His Excellency also denounced the heinous assaults on civilians and urged the international community to carry out its moral and legal duties to bring about justice, safeguard civilians, and guarantee the safe transit of humanitarian aid to resolve the situation.
The President of Iraq asserts that regional peace and stability depend on collaboration, coordination, and unification of viewpoints on matters of shared interest.
The President of Palestine thanked Iraq for supporting the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian government, and the Palestinian people, saying that these initial stances are a sign of the strong relationships and bonds that bind the two friendly countries together.
Iraqi and Egyptian Presidents Discuss the Need for a Ceasefire in Gaza
President Rashid met with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, as part of his meetings.
Recent events in the political, economic, and security domains at the Arab and international levels were deliberated upon at the meeting, with a specific focus on the circumstances surrounding the Gaza Strip. The importance of reaching a ceasefire and making sure humanitarian aid reaches the people there to lessen their suffering was emphasized.
The bilateral relations between Iraq and Egypt and how they could be developed to serve the best interests of both countries' citizens were also discussed at the meeting.
President Rashid believed that broadening the scope of collaboration with Egypt was crucial, especially in the economic and security areas, for the region to be peaceful and benefit its residents.
For the two nations to grow and prosper together, the president of Egypt stated that his nation is eager to improve relations with Iraq and to work on ways to enhance connections.
Iraqi and Somali Presidents Discuss Ways to Improve Relations
During the exceptional Joint Islamic-Arab Summit, President Rashid had a meeting with Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia, and his accompanying delegation in Riyadh on Sunday.
The discussion focused on Iraq-Somalia relations and discussed strategies to enhance these ties beyond bilateral collaboration to benefit the citizens of both countries.
"We must enhance our efforts and bring viewpoints on topics of mutual concern together, with a focus on ensuring regional stability as well as promoting peace," President Rashid stated.
President Rashid stressed in his remarks that the Palestinian people must be supported in obtaining their legitimate right to establish their independent state with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital, that aggressive actions against the Palestinians in Gaza must cease immediately, and that careful efforts must be made to contain and prevent the crisis' humanitarian consequences.
The Somali President stated that his nation wants to deepen its relations with Iraq and build bilateral cooperation based on shared interests, objectives, and people's aspirations.
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