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Smart diplomacy, His Excellency the Japanese ambassador to Iraq as an example

Perhaps one of the most difficult and important tasks of foreign ambassadors is to create a smart and distinct approach in which they communicate their messages to the peoples and governments of their host countries, while having a great influence in strengthening the relationship between his/her nation and the host country.

When I had the honor of representing Iraq as its ambassador to Japan, we as ambassadors were looking for the smartest way to deliver positive messages of friendship to the government and the people of Japan. We went here or there or visited this forum or that province and so on. There is nothing strange about such approach, but its impact is often not strong or striking and get great admiration because it is considered as a routine work of ambassadors. The exception occurred in my participation in the Tokyo marathon in 2012 as a support for Japanese society after the Fukushima earthquake, this unique approach  had a great impact on the official and people of the Japanese society. The same thing happened with me with admiration and admiration of a very large American after my transition to Washington and my participation in the Marchon Boston in 2014 after the tragedy of the terrorist act at the same marathon the previous year.

Our colleague, the Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, was able during his presence in his mission in Baghdad more than a year and a half ago to send several important messages to the Iraqi people related to citizenship and altruism and the proper building of civil society in Iraq after the destruction of wars. He also did not forget to reflect that he is an Iraqi fanatic and appreciates the legacy of Mesopotamia and knows the magnitude of the challenges we face as Iraqis. The mechanisms of sending his targeted messages included direct speeches, some of which were entitled "We are Iraq, we are for Iraq," "Pain followed by hope," "The patience of the ancestors," "Karrada and the plight of Kanto." It is essential that I do not forget to mention his short video messages or to speak Iraqi dialect or to fast a few days of the holy month of Ramadan or to eat Iraqi popular dishes such as kaimar and kahi.

What is remarkable is the Ambassador's openness and his careful care of the Iraqi situation, to name but a few. In his letter at the beginning of this year, which was entitled "We are Iraq and we are for Iraq"

[[Dear Friend,

I often tell our Iraqi friends that Japan is the companion of the path of Iraq on its way to recovery and reconstruction, and that I am a brother to you who was not born in Mesopotamia, and I believe that the true brother also gives harsh advice when needed. In this column, I will dare to do so, and I really hope that my words will reach the hearts of our Iraqi friends.]]

This noble man, like his fellow Japanese ambassadors in Iraq, establishes to the world, and to us Iraqis, their transparent and peaceful messages and intelligent communication with us that the development and building of nations must be moral before it is material and industrial. It is Japan's particular urbanization, a sense of responsibility and appreciation for hospitality and the practical consolidation of the concept that peoples and civilizations are developing through dialogue rather than war.

I lift up my hat, Ambassador Fumio Iwai, and tear a dear friend of Iraq who loves Japan and its people and cherishes his friendship.

Your colleague Luqman Abdul Rahim Al Faily