Remarks in Davos
Sudani lays out vision for Iraq while stuck between neighbors and allies
In a conversation with John Harris at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa al-Sudani reviewed Iraq’s “victory” over past challenges, economic diversification, regional stability, and the importance of international relationships.
His comments reflected a vision of a self-reliant, economically robust, and stable Iraq, navigating complex regional dynamics while advocating for Palestinian rights. The following are key points from his session:
- Iraq’s Triumph Over Adversity: The Iraqi people were successful in overcoming numerous challenges faced over the past years.
- Economic Development and Job Creation: The focus is on steadily advancing in providing employment opportunities and enhancing service sectors.
- Reducing Oil Dependence: A goal has been set to decrease the reliance of the next three budgets on oil revenues.
- Energy Sector Investment: The energy sector has not been exploited effectively.
- Strategic Projects for Diversified Income: Initiatives in development and petrochemical sectors are being pursued to diversify income sources.
- Misrepresentation of Iraq’s Situation: The international community is not receiving an accurate picture of Iraq’s current situation.
- Appreciation of International Support: Gratitude expressed for global support against ISIS.
- Iraqi Armed Forces’ Readiness: Their role in stabilizing Iraq is leading to dialogues about ending the international coalition’s mission in the country.
- Ending International Coalition’s Mission: Discussed initiating dialogues to schedule the end of the coalition’s role in Iraq, considering it a national and serious demand.
- Importance of Continued Good Relations: Ending the coalition’s mission is necessary to maintain positive relations between Iraq and coalition countries.
- Middle East Security Issues: The Palestinian people’s struggle and their right to statehood with Jerusalem as its capital has been neglected by the international community.
- Concerns About Gaza: The international community failed to respond effectively to the ongoing genocide in Gaza.
- International Responsibility Towards Palestine: The global community should take legal and moral responsibility against the occupation.
- Common Interests with Neighbors and Allies: We have shared interests with both Iran and the United States.
- Non-Intervention Policy: Iraq’s policy is that of non-interference in other countries’ affairs and the expectation is reciprocal respect.
- Iraq’s Role in Regional Stability: Iraq is a fundamental player in stabilizing the region.
- Partnership with the European Union: We have a significant and diverse relationship with the EU.
- Commitment to Strengthening International Relations: Iraq believes in enhancing relationships with all nations.
- Negotiation Committee with Gulf States: Proposed due to climate concerns.
- Energy Sector Reforms: Steps towards gas investment are key to reform.
- Water Management: Initiatives to optimize water usage through effective management systems.
- Vision for a Transformed Iraq: Envisioned a completely different, better Iraq moving forward confidently.
- New Economic Iraq: There will be a new, economically strong, united, and stable Iraq.