European Parliament, Brussels - 29th May 2012
Dr Hassan Aydinli, ITF EU Representative; MEP Ana Gomez; Ambassador Lahebib Adami, Head of the Liaison Office of the League of Arab States in Brussels; Representative of the League of Arab States in Belgium.
MEP Struan Stevenson, Chair of Delegation for Relations with Iraq; Ambassador Lahebib Adami, Head of the Liaison office of the League of Arab States in Brussels and H.E. Ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Al-Humaimidi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Belgium.
MEPs who attended the meeting: Ms Ana Gomez and Ms Alexandra Thein
Several Iraqi Embassy staff also attended the meeting
The Chair, Mr. Struan Stevenson, welcomed the two Ambassadors and thanked them for attending the exchange of views on the regional role of Iraq.
The Chair announced the death of MEP Miguel Portas (Portugal) who passed away after a long illness, he asked the assembly to stand up and hold a minute of silence in his memory. MEP Portas will be replaced by Ms Alda Susa (MEP from Portugal).
Regarding the Inter-Parliamentary meeting of the Delegation with the Iraqi Council of Representatives which should have taken place on 25th April 2012, the Chair said it had to be cancelled as Iraqi representatives could not come for administrative reasons.
The Chair announced that on 11th May 2012 the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement had been signed in Brussels by Ms Catherine Ashton - High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission - and Mr. Hoshyar Zebari – Foreign Minister of Iraq.
He also informed that on 24th May 2012 Ms Catherine Ashton had issued an important statement, following the talks of E3+3 with Iran In Baghdad (on 24th May 2012) in which she thanked the Iraqi government for the excellent hospitality and organisation of these talks. Please see link below:
Regarding Camp Liberty, the Chair said there were still many problems: lack of water treatment, sewage and bad maintenance. He said he trusted that the Iraqi Ambassador will help in getting the Iranians out of Iraq quickly.
The Chair congratulated Iraq who now holds the presidentship of the Arab League.
Ambassador Lahebib Adami, Head of the Liaison office of the League of Arab States in Brussels took the floor. Ambassador Adami said that the Arab Summit had taken place in Iraq on 28-29 March 2012, that Iraq is a great Arab country with a rich culture and civilisation and that it has an important role to play.
Regarding Palestine, Ambassador Adami called on all international actors to find a solution because there is stagnation of the U.S. role, despite the promises made by President Obama. The Ambassador of the Arab League mentioned the inhuman embargo inflicted on Gaza, the destruction of the houses, the cruel treatment of prisoners. He said that the Summit had requested the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Regarding the Syrian crisis, Ambassador Adami said that the Summit had called upon the Syrian authorities to respect and implement the decisions of the Arab League and the recommendations of Mr. Kofi Anan.
Regarding the WMD, Ambassador Adami said that the Summit had requested the implementation of the non-proliferation treaty of 2010 and the denuclearisation of the region.
Regarding the fight against international terrorism, Ambassador Adami said that the Summit had adopted some resolutions.
Regarding the Arab Parliament, Ambassador Adami said that it would seek to cooperate with the world’s parliaments.Regarding the Arab League, he said that it would be restructured and that its functioning would be revised.