Iraq gov't backs Sunni conference in Baghdad, says official
June 26 2017 04:23 PMI

Iraqi government supports the Sunni conference due to be held in mid-July in the capital city of Baghdad, PM Adviser on National Reconciliation Mohammed al-Sa'adi said Monday.

The conference will be attended by Sunni leaders such as Tariq al-Hashimi and Rafi al-Issawi.

The conference is one of a series of meetings that pave the way for an inclusive alliance that will work to unite the Sunni political forces for post-ISIS period.

Previous conferences were held respectively in Amman, Erbil, Doha, Geneva, and Istanbul in 2014, 2015, and 2017.

The previous summits sought to fight divisions inside the Sunni body to reach a united front and take on the well-organized Shiite camp.

The conference will host Sunni leaders like Osama al-Nujaifi, the current vice-president, Atheel al-Nujaifi, the former governor of Nineveh province, Tariq al-Hashimi, the former vice-president who is accused of sponsoring local terrorism, Rafi al-Issawi, the former finance minister who is also accused of supporting terrorists in the country, Khamis al-Khanjar, the millionaire heading the Arab Project in Iraq, and a couple of leaders of dissolved Baathist party, as well as some Sunni lawmakers.