Statement on Extension of Iraqi Jewish Archive Exhibit

Statement on Extension of Iraqi Jewish Archive Exhibit

For Immediate Release:
Statement on Extension of Iraqi Jewish Archive Exhibit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2014) – Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the United States Lukman Faily released today the following statement on the extension of the Iraqi Jewish Archive Exhibit:

The Government of Iraq notes with satisfaction the remarkable success of the “Discovery and Recovery” exhibit of the Iraqi Jewish Archive. This exhibit has led to an increase of understanding between Iraq and United States and a greater recognition of the diverse heritage of Iraq.

I am therefore pleased to announce that, in order to continue this important work and to allow the Exhibit to be displayed in other cities in the United States, the Government of Iraq has authorized me to extend the period which the Exhibit may remain in the United States. We look forward to completing the technical aspects of this extension with the Government of the United States within the coming days. Items which were among the material brought to the United States that are not part of the exhibit will return to Iraq in the very near future, as originally agreed.

We consider the history of Jewish communities in Iraq to be an integral part of the history of our country—one that we honor and cherish—and nothing can erase this history, nor change our commitment to preserving its memory. For us as Iraqis, it is important to recover this precious piece of our cultural heritage that documents an era of our country’s history.

We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation with the National Archives and Records Administration and the U.S. Department of State to bring this important exhibit to the public.

To read Ambassador Faily's Statement in Arabic, click here.