Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari headed the Arab League Council at the ministerial level on Sunday. In the opening session minister Zebari gave a speech in which he stressed the achievements of the Iraq's presidency to the 23rd Arab Summit, indicating the Iraq's positions towards the issues of the Arab region, particularly the Palestinian issue and the Syrian crisis.
The Minister said in his speech that Iraq supports the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people, condemned the acts of violence and murders, called for stopping the bloodshed and stick to a political and peaceful solution, support the national dialogue, and reject all forms of foreign interference.
Regarding the representation of the Syrian opposition in the Arab League, Iraq reserved to give the seat of any Arab country, including Syria, because it contradicts with the AL Charter.
Minister Zebari touched upon Iraq's achievements during chairing the Summit in terms of Arab and international initiatives and conferences hosted by Baghdad throughout the past year. Minister Zebari, handed over Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, the Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, the presidency of the Summit.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim gave the speech of the presidency of Qatar and thanked the Iraqi presidency, which was distinct. The AL Secretary-General thanked the Government and people of Iraq for their achievements, stressing that Baghdad returned to holding conferences and meetings of Arabs in Iraq.
The Council discussed several issues including the Palestinian issue, the Syrian crisis, the development and reform of the Arab League as well as economic development issues in the Comoros Islands, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere.
The meeting was attended by Labeed Abbawi, Undersecretary of Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Dhia Al Dabbas, Head of Arab Department, Ambassador Qais Al Azzawi, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the AL, Ambassador Jawad Al Hindawi, Iraq's Ambassador in Doha.