Iraqi President works to bridge divides in Arab Summit in Algeria

11/1/2022 2:15:36 PM
 President of Iraq Dr. Latif Rashid meeting with Algerian leaders in Algiers on October 31, 2022.
 photo: KurdSat English
The gathering nations are divided over many issues, including the normalization of ties with Israel.

Arab leaders will meet today, Tuesday, in a summit hosted by Algeria, the first in 3 years, with the continuing divisions over the conflicts in the region, especially in Syria and Libya, as well as the normalization of some countries' relations with Israel. Algeria joined the pack of countries that normalized their relations with Israel.  The Arab League does not recognize Israel and boycotts the country and instructs its members to do so. 


KurdSat's reporter in Algeria, Bestun Salam, said, "Iraqi President Dr. Latif Rashid would work to bring Algeria and other Arab states together, following discontent between Arab Nations." 


"Iraq has many unsettled issues with its neighboring Arabi countries, to which President Rashid seeks to address," Salam said. 

Traditionally, Iraq has played a mediating role between the region's countries for its position at the heart of the Middle East and a leadership that views unity as an answer to violence. 

Algeria prepared to host the Arab Summit by tightening security measures, raising the flags of countries and displaying the historical monuments of the participating countries.

According to Algerian media, 17 Arab leaders are expected to participate in the Summit that will be held in Algeria on the first and second of November, which will be held under the slogan "Reunion".

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman would not attend the Summit for health reasons. The Algerian presidency has said that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will not participate in an upcoming Arab summit in Algeria on doctors' recommendations to avoid travel.


The Palestinian presidency said, on Monday, that the Arab Summit in Algeria on Tuesday and Wednesday is the Summit of Palestine and Arab unity.

Presidential spokesperson Nabil Rudeineh added, in a statement, that the Summit will send a clear message to the world that Palestine and its cause is the central issue of the Arab nation, which always stands by the Palestinian right and supports it by all means, according to the official Palestinian News Agency.  "The Summit represents a strong message of support for the Palestinian people in defending their rights and sanctities, the spokesperson said. 

Nabil's remarks cast a shadow on Israeli diplomatic victories with some Arab countries, including Algeria, which now hosts the first Arab Summit after two years. It sends the message that Arab leaders consider the normalization of ties with Israel normal.

In 2022, Iraq passed a law that criminalized all relations with Israel; the law strongly rejected the normalization of ties with Israel, and some Iraqi leaders asked other Arab states to follow suit.

The League of Arab States, which includes 22 countries, held its last Summit in March 2019 in Tunisia before the outbreak of the "Covid-19" epidemic. Since then, several member states of the Arab League, which historically have backed the Palestinians and condemned Israel, have. Its top priority is the remarkable normalization with Israel.


The UAE normalized its relations with Israel in 2020 within the framework of a series of agreements negotiated by Washington, followed by Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan followed suit.

Arab Food Security Strategy

The Algerian News Agency said that the Arab foreign ministers' meeting was concluded with a discussion of a draft resolution on Arab national food security and a draft resolution on the work emanating from the meeting of the Economic and Social Council.

The Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hossam Zaki, confirmed that during their preparatory meeting, the Arab foreign ministers reached "agreements" on the issues on the Summit's agenda, which he considered "indicators that herald a successful summit in Algeria." According to the Algerian News Agency.

Earlier, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, hoped that "the summit will witness the inauguration of the Arab food security strategy... at a time when there is an urgent need for integrated and collective action to confront the dangerous food gap that the Arab world suffers from," he said.

Egyptian Jordanian Iraqi meeting


Egypt, Jordan and Iraq affirmed continued cooperation and coordination within the tripartite cooperation framework to serve the three countries' common interests.


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein, met on Monday, on the sidelines of the preparatory meetings for the Arab Summit in Algeria, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.


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