Certain Baghdad officials branded the participants 'traitors'

Iraq's federal government on Saturday condemned a conference calling for normalization with Israel, held the previous day in Arbil, the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan autonomous region.

A statement dismissed the gathering, organized by US think-tank Center for Peace Communications (CPC), as an "illegal meeting."

The conference "was not representative of the population's (opinion) and that of residents in Iraqi cities, in whose name these individuals purported to speak," the statement said.... Read More: i24