Baghdad Steps Up Efforts to Restore Saudi-Iranian Ties; Report

The declaration concerning restoring diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia & Iran will expectedly take place in Baghdad, according to Al-Awsat.

Baghdad — The declaration concerning restoring diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran will expectedly take place in Baghdad. According to a report from Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoting a well-informed Iraqi source.

Iraqi Prime minister Mustafa Al-Khadimi visited Saudi Arabia last week and met with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The meeting will be held in the presence of Saudi Arabia and Iran officials. And will include the participation of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein.

The source referred to a statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Sunday that said Riyadh and Tehran relations would resume soon. The ties between the two countries broke down in 2016.

The source reported that Al-Kadhimi had made progress over several pending issues with Saudi Arabia and Iran during his visits to Tehran and Jeddah last week. This progress will help reduce the regional tensions, he said.

Asked if Saudi Arabian officials will visit Baghdad ahead of the Jeddah summit, the source said such an engagement requires arrangements between Riyadh, Tehran, and Baghdad.

The source expects Al-Kadhimi to resume his mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran before the Gulf-Arab-American summit in Jeddah later this month.

On Sunday, Abdollahian announced from Damascus that Tehran had welcomed restoring relations with Riyadh. And the reopening of embassies and the launch of political dialogue.

Referring to talks between Iran, Egypt, and Jordan, in Baghdad, he said there are no direct negotiations with Egypt over restoring ties at the moment.

He added that measures are underway to set them back on the right path as part of the regional cooperation between the two countries.

Abdollahian made his remarks days after Iraqi FM Hussein revealed for the first time that Baghdad was sponsoring dialogue between Iran and Jordan and Iran and Egypt.

Meanwhile, Dr. Hussein Allawi, an aide to Al-Kadhimi, said that Al-Kadhimi’s efforts aim to establish a period of regional stability, peace, cooperation, and development.

Al-Kadhimi kicked off the mediation in April 2021, and, despite the crises and media tensions, he has succeeded in holding four other rounds of dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Dr. Allawi said.

“We can say that Iraq has managed in shifting Saudi-Iranian ties towards a period of understanding and the exchange of views over several regional issues,” he said.

He added that they had set the path toward solutions and strategic initiatives for the issues at hand.

“Iraq is keen on establishing stability in the region because it is approaching economic changes through major projects tackling transportation, energy, electricity, food security, water shortages, and climate change,” Dr. Allawi said.

He added that the success of these projects demands ongoing partnership and cooperation between the region’s countries.

Saudi-Iranian ties have reached a phase of understanding and are exchanging views on many regional issues. And setting paths for solutions and strategic initiatives for their resolution.

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