INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: IRAQ-PAST AND PRESENT. A DIPLOMATIC SUCCESS FOR IRAQ.
On 12 March 2012 the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation had hosted, in the framework of celebrating 90 years of political relation between Romanian and Iraq, the Conference IRAQ: PAST AND PRESENT having as special contributor His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI- Ambassador of Iraq.
The conference has enjoyed the presence of Romanian academic community, Doctoral School of International Relations, experts in international relations, diplomats, journalists and historians.
Opening the conference, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea highlighted the main elements of the Iraqi-Romanian bilateral relations calendar for 2012.
This year is marking the 90 years anniversary of establishing political dialogue between Romania and Iraq, 25 years from the last public conference presenting Iraqi realities to Romanian public ( last public conference was held in 1987) and the celebration of 30 years from the highest level of economic bilateral relations , registered in 1982, with a level of bilateral trade reaching 386 million dollars ( over 800 million dollars at present day US dollar value), this level of economic exchange being just a sign of the viability and amplitude of the bilateral economic exchanges.
Fallowing this extensive presentation of the bilateral relations landmarks celebrated in 2012 by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea the fallowing speakers presented their salute for His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI- Ambassador of Iraq and for the personalities present to conference.
The welcoming speeches where held among others by Honorary President of Academic Community- Constantin Balaceanu Stolnici, Professor Dr. Petru Buneci, Professor dr. Academician Mircea Constantinescu etc.
The key speech of the conference was held by His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI- Ambassador of Iraq. His report emphasized on the historical evolution of Iraq, from the time of Summer civilization to Assyrian Empire, culminating with the arrival of Islam and with the moment of Karbala martyrdom of Imam Hussein and the fracture between the rulers, the guardians of power of this world and the oppressed of all social strata in search of a better future , a fracture that will mark the history of Iraq.
The ample historical fresco presented to the audience by the Ambassador of Iraq had also draw the attention of the public to the Ottoman legacy and to the independence fight concluding the modern history of Iraq with the moment of 1958 revolution.
The recent history of Iraq was vivid reconstructed with an emphasizing on the difficult moments that confronted Iraq society under the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein, but also on the positive aspects of today`s Iraq.
Ambassador MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI had made an enthusiastic presentation of Iraq today`s developments including: democratic credentials, building a civil society, constructing a free market economy and a rapid economic development.
These elements are charting the profile of a society that is not perfect, but is aware of his weaknesses and is trying his best to remedy them, and this is the essence of progress.
Marking the final moments of the conference, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Academician Constantin Balacanu Stolnici requested an appreciation vote and a thanking manifestation for His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI and for Iraq and in a unanimous response the audience pay homage to an exceptional and sophisticated academic speech approving the handing on ceremony of the title of BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2011 to His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI – Iraq Ambassador .
The Conference IRAQ: PAST AND PRESENT has re-candled the tradition of presenting Iraq realities to the Romanian academic community, after a 25 years hiatus and laid the foundation of a better mutual knowledge and appreciation of the progresses made by Iraq in the last span of time.
Academician Constantin Balaceanu Stolnici, prof.dr. Petru Buneci, Minister Petru Lificiu and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea bestow the Certificate for BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2011 to His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI- Ambassador of Iraq
The great response from the Romanian side to the conference and bestowing the title of BEST AMBASSADOR FOR 2011 to His Excellency MOHAMMED SAEED AL SHAKARCHI – Ambassador of Iraq, had stated a clear signal on the importance that Romania is attaching not only to reward an outstanding diplomatic activity but also to mark an important relation for Romanian people: the relation with Iraq.
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