Parliamentary Foreign Ministry: Reducing tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia is an Iraqi interest
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A member of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee, Amer Fayez, said on Saturday (September 18, 2021) that Iraq’s mediation in easing tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia is primarily for Iraq’s interest, stressing that foreign policy aims to eliminate problems with all countries.
Fayez said, in an interview with IQ News , that "Iraq is trying to take a pivotal role in the region by establishing a strong relationship with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which was boycotting Iraq as a result of the practices of the former regime."
He added that "the Baghdad summit conference, which was held a few weeks ago in the capital, gave great impetus to the Iraqi-Gulf relations," noting that "the country's foreign policy seeks to zero problems and reduce tension with neighboring countries."
And he indicated that "Iraq has sought with all its might to reduce the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, because this reflects on the security and stability of the country," stressing that it is "an Iraqi interest in the first place."
The Baghdad Conference of Neighboring Countries, which was held on (August 8, 2021), witnessed the presence of Saudi Arabia and Iran, and several meetings were held between the two parties in Baghdad, following the summit meeting, and Iraq’s mediation regarding the ongoing tensions between the two countries.
The Saudi and Iranian presence, through their foreign ministers, Faisal bin Farhan and Hussein Amir Abdullahian, is an indication of an increasing desire on both sides to find lines of meeting. Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein indicated that the Saudi-Iranian meetings are continuing and that they began in Baghdad.