THREE IRAQI DELEGATIONS VISITED ISRAEL




Serhat TUNAR – TDO-  Israel hosted three delegations of local leaders from Iraq in recent months in yet another unprecedented turnaround in the ties between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors, Hadashot TV reported on Sunday.

15 Iraqi leaders have reportedly met with Israeli government officials, academics and visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

The trips were made in secrecy as not to infuriate Iraq’s neighbor Iran, which is an ally of the Arab state and an enemy of Israel.

Hadashot TV's report described the trips as being of “social-cultural nature,” with the aim of building “the infrastructure for future ties” between Iraq and Israel. The local leaders would reportedly return to Iraq as “kinds of future ambassadors” to Israel.

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