Iraqi PM visits Saudi, Iran to push for revival of talks

Mustafa Al Kadhimi and Ebrahim Raisi agree to work together to bring stability to the region



Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi attend a news conference in Tehran. — Reuters
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi attend a news conference in Tehran. — Reuters

By Reuters

Published: Mon 27 Jun 2022, 12:29 AM

Iran and Iraq have agreed to seek stability in the Middle East, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi said in Tehran on Sunday, a day after he visited Saudi Arabia in a bid to revive talks to ease years of hostility.

Iran and Saudi Arabia severed ties in 2016.

“We have agreed to work together to bring stability and calm to the region,” Kadhimi said in a joint televised news conference with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi.

An Iranian official told Reuters earlier on Sunday that “the resumption of talks between Tehran and Riyadh will be discussed during Kadhimi’s trip to Iran”.

“Dialogue with regional officials can resolve the regional issues,” Raisi said, without elaborating.

The fifth round of talks were held in April, after Iran suspended the negotiations in March without giving a reason.

On Saturday, Kadhimi held talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah that the state news agency SPA said included bilateral relations and “boosting security and stability in the region”.

Kadhimi’s visit comes as a months-long impasse in the indirect talks between Tehran and Washington is expected to break in the coming days to secure a 2015 nuclear pact which curbed Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.


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