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Salih: Iraq Expected to Reunite the Region

Salih: Iraq Expected to Reunite the Region

Wednesday, 6 March, 2019 - 16:00
Iraqi President Barham Saleh gestures as he addresses a press conference alongside the French President at The Elysee Palace in Paris on February 25, 2019. AFP
Baghdad- Hamza Mustafa

The Iraqi President, Barham Salih, said Wednesday that his country has tried to stay away from power games in the region.

In his statements to a number of Iraqi channels, he said that Iraq should be used to serve as a lead peacemaker in a troubled region.

“We don’t want to be part of these conflicts. Iraq is still not a very stable country, and putting an extra political burden on it is unacceptable,” he said.

“I want Iraqis to be confident that our speech in the Gulf, Tehran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France, Italy, and the Americans is the same speech and logic,” he added, hoping Iraq to become a central meeting point in a new regional system.

Speaking about the consultative meeting held last week in the Salam Presidential Palace under his patronage and in the presence of Iraq leaders, Salih said that the meeting was significant because it has been long since partners from various backgrounds met.

Ihsan al-Shammari, Head of the Center for Political Thought, told Asharq Al-Awsat that Salih's speech promotes previous messages since the government of Haider al-Abadi, knowing that Iraq has been attempting to accentuate disengagement and neutrality.

Shammari added that the president realizes that the Iran-US conflict has started to escalate, which explains the Iraqi choice to stand at equal distance from both sides to spare the country any siding-induced costly price.

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