INA - Baghdad
First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Hassan Al-Kaabi, called on the European Union mission to make a formal apology and respect the laws and traditions of Iraq.
Al-Kaabi considered the European Union mission in Iraq and the British and Canadian embassies to raise a flag representing a homosexual segment, especially in the holy month of Ramadan and the revival of Laylat al-Qadr, as a "dangerous precedent" and as a provocation to the feelings of Iraqis and Muslims and a clear violation of the sanctity of traditions and societal norms in Iraq, according to a statement by the media office of Al-Kaabi received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
Al-Kaabi called on the European Union mission representative in Iraq "to present its official apology to all Muslims around the world and the Iraqi people in particular," calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "to act according to its responsiblity and serious role to prevent such provocative practices"
He added, "The Iraqi people respect the privacy of other societies and countries, so we ask others to respect our religious privacy and our authentic traditions"
He called for respecting the laws, traditions and customs of other countries, which is one of the most important principles of diplomatic action and universally agreed upon.
"We, as an Islamic community, and even Iraqi religious minorities, adhere to conservative customs and social norms, and even laws do not permit the encouragement of practices and ethics that may be found by other non-conservative societies as a natural matter; but our true religion rejects it as its practices destroy social and even family values and principles" added Al-Kaabi.