Iraq holds a regional conference aimed at calming Middle East tensions


Posted on 28 August 2021


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On Saturday, Iraq will hold a regional conference aimed at calming Middle East tensions and emphasising the Arab country's new role as a mediator. Iran and Saudi Arabia, archenemies, are among those invited, with their antagonism frequently playing out in Iraq and other nations such as Yemen and Lebanon. Saudi Arabia has stated that it will be represented by Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the country's Foreign Minister. What kind of representation Iran would have at the summit was unclear. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Jordan's King Abdullah, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron, who landed in Baghdad early Saturday, were expected to attend. The meeting will be co-organized by France and will focus on a regional water crisis, the war in Yemen, and Lebanon's catastrophic economic and political crises, which has driven the country to the brink of collapse. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will use Saturday's meeting to highlight his recent efforts to present Iraq as a neutral mediator in the region's conflicts and to re-engage with the world after decades of conflict.


Key Points


  • On Saturday, Iraq will hold a regional conference aimed at calming Middle East tensions and emphasising the Arab country's new role as a mediator.

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi will use Saturday's meeting to highlight his recent efforts to present Iraq as a neutral mediator in the region's conflicts and to re-engage with the world after decades of conflict.


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