Islamabad, 10 December 2021 (TDI): Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan Hamid Abbas Lafta celebrated the centenary of the founding of the Iraqi State. On 23rd August 1921, the international community welcomed Iraq as a sovereign country.

Iraq was one of the first countries that manage its independence from the British Mandate. According to a resolution of the League Council that was similar to the current UN Security Council, which represented the international legislative authority at that time, issued on 3rd August 1932.

Diplomats and authorities at the Iraqi Embassy in Islamabad, celebrating 100 years of anniversary.
Remarks of Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan, Hamid Abbas Lafta 

The Ambassador expressed his views during a reception he hosted to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Iraqi State. A large number of diplomats, members of civil society, and government officials attended the reception. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri was the chief guest.

The Ambassador clearly showed Iraq’s efforts and sacrificed blood and wealth to fight ISIS and defend human dignity everywhere for the security and stability of the world and the region. The official highlighted that terrorism did not only target Iraq but it targeted all countries and capitals of the world.

Iraq has become and still is a starting point for regional and international cooperation to combat terrorism, takfiri and extremist ideology. It is a platform for information exchange, cooperation, security, and coordination against terrorist ideology and extremism.

He added the remembrance of this occasion represents the culmination of the efforts of Iraqis and their continuous quest to form their identity. Furthermore, he pointed out the need to bring together the different spectrums of the Iraqi people to build their free, independent, democratic, and pluralistic state. He welcomed the legislative elections, which represent its inclination to achieve freedom and democracy.

Ambassador Lafta also thanked the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to open horizons for cooperation in cultural and military fields, as well as its efforts to play an effective role in extending regional security and stability.

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Arantza Renteria is a Peruvian third-year student of International Relations with a specialization in cooperation and development. Her work experience mostly covers Middle Eastern affairs. Her area of ​​expertise is the Levant. Among these countries, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine. She has worked in intercultural governmental and non-governmental work environments, including the Embassy of Palestine in Lima. Currently, she leads the Middle East and Gulf Research Desk at The Diplomatic Insight.

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