Iraqi President meets Dar al-Ifta Delegation: Religious Scholars Play an Important Role in Combating Sectarianism and Hate Speech, Contributing to the Fight Against extremism


On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih, met with a delegation from Iraqi Islamic authority, Dar al-Ifta, headed by grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Sumaidaie. The meeting was held at Al Salam Palace in Baghdad.

President Salih spoke about the important role that religious scholars play in combating hate speech and sectarianism. They can promote peace and security in the country, the President said, as well as social cohesion. 

The Iraqi public was well aware that recent terrorist and criminal acts in Iraq were committed with the aim of reigniting social and sectarian tensions in Iraq, President Salih noted. One of the country's priorities now was to strengthen the state's authority and that of its security agencies in order to continue the all-important fight against terrorism and extremism in Iraq, he concluded.