Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi affirmed the "brotherly" relations
between Iraq and Palestine during his meeting with Salim Zanoun, chairman of
the Palestinian National Council, on
Zanoun, along with his accompanying delegation, expressed keenness to have a permanent committee for Palestine in the Iraqi parliament, as in the case of Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, a statement by Halbousi's office read.
During the meeting, Halbousi said that the leadership and people of Iraq are committed to a unified stance toward the Palestinian cause, defining Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Palestine, the statement added.
Due to the Palestinian struggle against Israel, Iraq has been a firm supporter of the Arab League boycott of Israel. Its passports are not valid for travel to Israel.