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The American "National Interest" magazine reported that the most important diplomatic step that took place in August 2020 was not the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to Washington, but rather [url=https://www.thebaghdadpost.com/ar/Story/t/116226/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D9%85%D8%A9 %D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D9%8A%D8%A9]the tripartite summit[/url] that he gathered with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman .
Researcher Michael Rubin wrote that Al-Kazemi's visit to Washington, after his visit to Tehran, was successful by all standards, which is exceptional in light of the presence of President Donald Trump in the White House, and during which agreements were signed that strengthen [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] independence in the field of electricity, according to a report by the magazine.
Rubin believed that the decision of former US President George W. Bush to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003 may have sparked a divisive debate in foreign policy in Washington, but [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Today it is a completely different country, as 40 percent of its inhabitants were born after the conquest.
He indicated that Baghdad's attempt to balance its relationship between Tehran and Washington is not a new matter, stressing that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] violating the sovereignty of Iraq. He added that while the Americans underestimate the psychological importance of the occupation, the Iranians underestimate Iraqi patriotism, on their part.
He added that the reality is very bitter, as the Iraqis cannot take up space for their independent movement, except when Iran and the United States deter each other.
While achieving a balance between Washington and Tehran is not the only concern of Al-Kazemi, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] sometimes slips into the rivalry that arises between Iran and countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council for reasons related to geography, religion and ethnicity, since Iran toppled the monarchy in 1979.
During the Iran-Iraq war, all Arab countries, with the exception of Syria, stood by Saddam Hussein, while the 1990 invasion of Kuwait dispelled any Gulf support for Iraq, but it was not sufficient to send the Gulf states to the Iranian embrace.
He added that many of the Gulf states, in addition to the Jordanian King Abdullah II, were against "strengthening the Shiites" in Iraq, and that is why they were financing and trying to strengthen the insurgency in Iraq.
He added that after the United States had returned sovereignty to its place in Iraq, many Arab countries refused to return their embassies to Baghdad, citing the growing Iranian influence there.
Rubin asserted that this position was a "missed opportunity," because Gulf Arabs had more powerful hands than many realize. He explained that Basra is considered to be a Gulf culturally, and that its trade has historically been more connected to the Gulf compared to Baghdad itself.
Also, the Iraqis, regardless of their sect, reject cheap Iranian goods, which have also contributed to undermining Iraqi industry. "They would welcome the Gulf investments," he said. Also, Iraqis used to say that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] after 2003 had become democratic, and the gap in political culture between Baghdad and the autocratic regimes in the Gulf widened.
Robin described Al-Kazemi as "a technocrat and an intellectual as well. He is influenced by patriotism and by the sincere desire to revive [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on a solid future basis, more than partisan considerations ... and he works on behalf of the state as a whole and does not allow external interests to limit his options. With his
direction towards both Egypt and Jordan, the Al-Kazemi did two things: Al-Kazemi bypasses both the hostilities between Iran and the United States, and the rivalries between Iran and the Gulf states.
Instead of being a "political football" between the conflicting forces, Al-Kazemi simply refuses to encourage rivalry, and in return seeks to ensure that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is valued as an equal player, rather than an entity to be wrestled over.
It is true that former President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II played the sectarian card, but Cairo and Amman are now showing that they accept the idea that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is not a puppet of Iran and realize that cooperation triumphs over obstruction, and that [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] can be an indispensable part of a "moderate bloc."
Despite the importance of the economic possibilities of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] relationship with the United States and the Gulf states, the partnership with both Egypt and Jordan allows Al-Kazemi to link [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to larger markets and ensure that trade can build a middle class.
And perhaps more important than oil, the wealth of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] is its people.
And the interests of the Iraqis must not stop at the Mediterranean or the borders of the Arab world. Time is running out, and the post-war generation of 2003 is preparing to enter the job market that it cannot absorb now.
Al-Kazemi is aware, according to Rubin, that Greece has its financial crisis, and Cyprus is suffering from the effects of the Corona virus on destroying its tourism industry, in turn, they can find a mutual benefit for human capital in Iraq. The Turkish aggressive tendency in the eastern Mediterranean creates reluctance among the Greeks and Cypriots to seek the help of Turkish labor, while there are no such restrictions for the Iraqis.
Culturally, the Greek and Cypriots feel comfortable with the Arab world. Rubin says there is no reason why [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] not try to benefit from the win-win situation. "The resilience of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] can be a saving factor," he added.
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