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"Financial Times": Senior officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran met in Iraq!

2021.08.18 - 15:08
"Financial Times": Senior officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran met in Iraq!
 

  

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The Financial Times, citing officials familiar with the matter, said on Sunday that senior Saudi and Iranian officials have held direct talks in an effort to mend ties between the two regional rivals, four years after they cut diplomatic ties.  

 

  

A report of the newspaper followed by "People" (April 18, 2021), citing an official, added that the first round of Saudi-Iranian talks took place in Baghdad on April 9, and included positive discussions about the Houthi attacks.  

The newspaper also quoted a senior Saudi official who denied holding any talks with Iran.  

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi visited Saudi Arabia late last month.  

The Yemeni Houthi group is stepping up attacks on Saudi Arabia, which it says is intercepting most of the drones and missiles that the Houthis announce being launched at airports, air bases and energy infrastructure, but some cause damage.  

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that intervened in the Yemen war in March 2015 against the Houthis, who overthrew the internationally recognized Yemeni government from Sanaa in late 2014.  

In response to the Saudi military intervention, the Houthis launch attacks on the kingdom with missiles or drones.  

In September 2019, Saudi Arabia was subjected to a major attack by a missile and drone on oil facilities, forcing Saudi Arabia to temporarily halt more than half of its crude oil production, and resulting in a significant rise in prices.  

At that time, Riyadh held Iran responsible for the attack, and said it did not start from Yemen, which Tehran denied.  

Several media outlets quoted some Western officials, an official in an Iraqi armed faction and an Iranian security source as saying that a drone attack on Saudi Arabia was thwarted last January, which had been launched from Iraqi lands within an increasing wave of attacks by Iranian proxies on the Kingdom.  

The conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Houthis deny they are proxies of Iran and say they are fighting a corrupt regime.  

According to what was published by the Financial Times, the talks, led on the Saudi side by Khaled Al-Humaidan, head of General Intelligence, included the attacks of the Yemeni Houthi group, loyal to Iran, on Saudi Arabia.  

  

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Shafaq News / On Monday, Iran welcomed reports about holding talks with Saudi Arabia in Baghdad.

"We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes contained contradictory statements," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly press conference.

"The important thing is that the Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and considers it in the interest of the peoples of the two countries, as well as peace and stability in the region," he added.

The two countries cut diplomatic ties in 2016 and are fighting several proxy wars in the region as part of their competition for influence.

The Financial Times reported that Saudi and Iranian officials held talks in Iraq in an attempt to ease tension between the two countries, as Washington sought to revive the nuclear agreement concluded with Tehran in 2015 and end the war in Yemen.

The meeting, which took place in Iraq, touched on Yemen, where a military coalition led by Riyadh is fighting the Houthi movement allied with Iran.

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Iran welcomes prospect of dialogue with Saudi Arabia after FT report

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APR 19, 2021 11:39 AM GMT+3
 
 

Iran has always welcomed dialogue with Saudi Arabia and considers it in the interest of the people of the two nations, as well as peace and stability in the region, the country's foreign ministry spokesperson said Monday after a new report suggesting that Tehran and Riyadh held talks this month in a bid to repair ties between the archrivals.

However, he did not confirm nor deny direct talks. The two countries severed diplomatic ties in 2016 and have been engaged in several proxy wars in the region as they vie for influence.

A senior Iranian official and two regional sources had told Reuters that Saudi and Iranian officials held discussions in Iraq in a bid to ease tensions as Washington works to revive a 2015 nuclear pact with Tehran and end the Yemen war. The Financial Times (FT) first reported the meeting.

"We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes had contradictory quotes," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference. "What is important is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and considers it in the interest of the people of the two countries, as well as peace and stability in the region," he added.

Saudi authorities have not responded to a Reuters request for comment on the talks. One of the sources said the meeting, arranged by Iraq's prime minister who visited Saudi Arabia earlier this month, had focused on Yemen, where a military coalition led by Riyadh has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

 

 

Sunni power Saudi Arabia had opposed the international nuclear accord with Shiite Iran for not tackling Tehran's missile program and regional behavior. It has called for a stronger deal this time around at talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States and Iran back into compliance with the pact, which then U.S. President Donald Trump quit in 2018.

Tehran breached several nuclear restrictions after Trump reimposed sanctions. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is also pressing for a cease-fire in Yemen which is grappling with what the United Nations describes as the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

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Can Baghdad end tensions in the Middle East?

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Follow-up - Mawazine News
The British "Financial Times" newspaper said, yesterday, Sunday, that high-level officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran held direct talks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The sources stated, according to the British newspaper, that Baghdad also facilitated the opening of communication channels between Iran and Egypt on the one hand, and between Iran and Jordan on the other hand.
The question remains, will Baghdad, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, play the role of mediator to end the conflicts in the Middle East?
On this subject, Professor of Political Thought Issam Al-Faily says, according to Russian Sputnik, that "Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia believe that a return to dialogue has become necessary, as part of the process of easing tension in the region, and Iran does not want Saudi Arabia to be a party to it." Any confrontation between Washington and Tehran. "
Al-Faili continued by saying, "Al-Kazemi, since he assumed power, has been keen on making Iraq an essential part of the dialogue tracks, and this is a subject that has received a lot of welcome. Al-Kazemi has previously played the mediating role between Turkey and Egypt at the request of the Turkish President."
He added, "The Iraqi armed factions say that the issue of targeting American forces in Iraq is not related to Iran, and therefore they announce that targeting will continue as long as there are American forces in Iraq, and stopping targeting those forces may depend on the results of negotiations between Iran and the United States." / 6 n

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Shafaq News / On Monday, Iran welcomed reports about holding talks with Saudi Arabia in Baghdad.

"We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes contained contradictory statements," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly press conference.

"The important thing is that the Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and considers it in the interest of the peoples of the two countries, as well as peace and stability in the region," he added.

The two countries cut diplomatic ties in 2016 and are fighting several proxy wars in the region as part of their competition for influence.

The Financial Times reported that Saudi and Iranian officials held talks in Iraq in an attempt to ease tension between the two countries, as Washington sought to revive the nuclear agreement concluded with Tehran in 2015 and end the war in Yemen.

The meeting, which took place in Iraq, touched on Yemen, where a military coalition led by Riyadh is fighting the Houthi movement allied with Iran.

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Tehran agrees to Iraqi mediation to defuse tension in the region

Political09:53 - 20/04/2021

 
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The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic supports Baghdad’s mediation to bring Tehran closer to the countries with which some challenges occurred, which led to a cooling in relations, and the Iraqi authorities were informed of this matter.
In an interview reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the two mosques described relations between Iran and Iraq as "good and developing in various cultural and economic dimensions."
He affirmed, "Iran's support for Iraq in developing its relations with the Arab world, especially with regard to Baghdad's mediation to eliminate tension between the countries of the region," stressing that "Iran welcomes, supports and encourages any move towards developing cooperation and rapprochement relations between Iraq and the Arab countries and neighboring countries."
On the other hand, the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad considered that "the presence of the American military is not in the interest of Iraq and the region," explaining that "the forces of Iraq and the countries of the region are capable of securing their security on their own."
Masjedi indicated that "the file of the assassination of the two leaders Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is being followed up by Iran and Iraq at the judicial, political and international levels."

 
 
 
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{Politics: Al Furat News} The National Security Adviser and the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad stressed, on Tuesday, the importance of dialogue and good neighborliness

 

Al-Araji's media office said in a statement that Al-Furat News received a copy of it, that "the National Security Adviser, Qassem Al-Araji, received in his office the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad, Abdulaziz Al-Shammari, and Al-Araji discussed with the Saudi ambassador, strengthening fraternal relations between Baghdad and Riyadh and stressing the importance of openness and rapprochement." With everyone through constructive dialogue and joint work. "
The two sides reviewed the political and security situation in the region, and ways to end the differences, in a way that serves the interests of the countries and peoples of the region, while emphasizing that dialogue, understanding and good neighborliness will enhance stability, development and encourage investment in all fields.   
The meeting also witnessed the emphasis on "the importance of seeing more stability in the region, by overcoming crises and focusing on the common interests of the countries and peoples of the region."

Forgiveness Al-Khalidi

 

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Washington accuses Iran of "dominating" Iraq: We were informed in advance of the strikes

 
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Shafaq News / The American envoy to Iran, Brian Hook, said that his country will continue to respond to any attacks targeting American interests in the region, indicating that the American army is in Iraq at the request of the government, and there are American military forces in some bases in order to help the Iraqis In the fight against terrorism.

Hook added in an interview with Al-Hurra, that Washington will not tolerate Iranian chaos in the region and in Iraq, which does not care about its interest but rather wants to dominate it.

Hook stressed the need to deter Iranian acts of terrorism in the Gulf region, and the need to impose sanctions on Tehran, especially because of the killing it committed against its own people.

He revealed that US Defense Secretary Mark Esper had informed the Iraqi side before launching the strikes on Kataib Hezbollah sites in Iraq, indicating that these strikes enhance Iraqi security against attacks by some Iranian militias that have also killed a number of Iraqi soldiers recently.

Hook pointed out that the Iranian regime is facing the worst economic crisis in 2019, and in 2020 it will face a more difficult period, noting that the Iranian people also demonstrate and demand the removal of a 40-year-old oppressive regime.

On Sunday, American forces launched a series of raids on bases belonging to the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, which led to the fall of 25 fighters.

The US strikes came two days after a missile attack on an Iraqi base where US forces were present, and for the first time, the killing of an another site in Iraq.

 

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New details about the Iranian-Saudi talks in Baghdad ... and another round
  
{Politics: Al-Furat News} Today, Tuesday, an informed Iraqi source revealed new details related to the recent meeting that brought together Saudi and Iranian officials in the capital, Baghdad.
 

The source said in a press statement, "The first days of this month witnessed a secret meeting between security officials and diplomats from Riyadh and Tehran in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and it was the beginning of serious negotiations between the two countries."
He added, "The meeting was of very high secrecy, and its preparations had been prepared by the office of the Iraqi prime minister exclusively without the interference of any other Iraqi party."
The source pointed out that "the beginnings of preparing for the meeting were not new, and it was not linked to the current developments. Rather, it is a process of completing a previous message conveyed by former Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi from the Iranian Quds Force commander, the martyr Qassem Soleimani, to Saudi Arabia."
He stressed, "The details of the meeting were and are still confidential, but we can say that they are serious, and that there is a desire from the two countries and Iraqi assistance to end the tension, especially with regard to Yemen."
The source talked about the existence of information about a new meeting that the Iraqi capital might host during the coming period.
The French Press Agency quoted an Iraqi official as saying that two delegations representing Saudi Arabia and Iran met in Baghdad earlier this month.

The same Iraqi official explained that the head of the intelligence service, Khaled bin Ali Al-Humaidan, represented the Saudi side in exchange for delegates from the Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani.

A Western diplomat said he was "informed in advance of these discussions." The Saudi official press was quick to deny the information that was initially published by the British Financial Times newspaper.

On the other hand, a source close to the pro-Iranian circles in Iraq told the French Press Agency that "the Iranians chose not to comment out of respect for the Saudi position."

Earlier, Reuters quoted a senior Iranian official and two sources in the region as saying that Saudi and Iranian officials had held direct talks this month, in an attempt to ease tension between the two countries. The two sources added that the meeting focused on the files of Yemen and Lebanon.

According to Reuters, an Iranian official said that the meeting was held in Baghdad on the ninth of April, and it was at a low level to explore whether there is a way to ease the existing tension in the region.

The Iranian official indicated that the meeting was held at the request of Iraq, but it did not result in any breakthrough.

This came after the British "Financial Times" said that high-ranking officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran had held direct talks in an attempt to repair relations after 5 years of diplomatic estrangement. However, a Saudi official denied to the newspaper that any talks between the two sides had taken place.

The sources described the talks as "positive", stressing that it was agreed to hold a new round next week.

According to the British newspaper report, the Saudi delegation was headed by Khaled bin Ali Al-Humaidan.

But the British newspaper said that a high-ranking Saudi official denied any talks between his country and Iran.

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{Politics: Al Furat News} The Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Abdul Aziz bin Khalid Al-Shammari, announced that his government puts all its capabilities and expertise in the service of Iraq.

 

A statement by the Ministry of Defense, a copy of which Al Furat News received, stated, “This came during the meeting of the President of the Defense University for Higher Military Studies, Lieutenant General Saad Mazhar Al-Alaq, at his office in Baghdad, Al-Shammari, for the purpose of delivering the lecture tagged {The policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in supporting the security and stability of Iraq. } The students of the National Defense Course No. (24). "
She added, "During the meeting, views were exchanged to develop cooperation in the interest of the two countries."
For his part, the Saudi ambassador explained, "What links his country to brotherly Iraq is not merely dialogue or common interests, but bonds of brotherhood, blood, history and a single destiny."
He pointed out that "the Kingdom puts all its capabilities and experiences in the service of Iraq and enhances communication between the two countries at the strategic level, as well as opening new horizons for cooperation in various fields and levels."
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On Tuesday evening, the Saudi Cabinet extended an invitation to Iran to engage in the ongoing negotiations on the agreement regarding its nuclear program, avoid escalation, and not expose the region to more tension.

The Saudi Council of Ministers held a session chaired by the King of the Kingdom, Salman bin Abdulaziz, during which a session reviewed "the current developments of Iran's nuclear program."

In a statement, Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabin, the Saudi Minister of Information, said in a statement that the Council of Ministers renewed in this context the Kingdom’s call for Iran to engage in the ongoing negotiations, to avoid escalation and not to expose the region’s security and stability to more tension, and the need for the international community to reach an agreement with stronger and longer determinants with Implementing monitoring and control measures to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and from developing the necessary capabilities for that. "

The Council of Ministers also "condemned the Houthis' attempts to target civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom in a systematic and deliberate manner, using drones (booby traps) and ballistic missiles, which the Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces were able to intercept and destroy," as the statement said.

This call comes at a time when Vienna is hosting talks under the auspices of the European Union on ways to salvage the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program in light of the withdrawal of the United States from it in 2018 during the term of its former president, Donald Trump, who imposed painful sanctions on the Iranian side, to respond by reducing its obligations in the deal since 2019.

There is great tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran due to many sharp differences, especially the Yemen war, where the Kingdom leads the so-called Arab coalition in support of the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the conflict with the Houthis, supported by the Iranian government, and there have been no formal diplomatic relations between Riyadh and Tehran since 2016. 

And Western media previously quoted multiple sources as saying that Baghdad hosted on April 9 the first round of direct talks between delegations from Saudi Arabia and Iran, which dealt with the situation in Yemen and Lebanon. 

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Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team

Despite the tense atmosphere, leaks continue about open rounds of negotiations between the conflicting parties in the region and at high levels representing Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the US administration on Iraqi soil, in conjunction with another open round in Vienna.

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Available information indicates the holding of 5 rounds of negotiations that included representatives from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt in Iraq

The latest of those leaks says that Iran sent another high-ranking delegation, on Friday April 23, headed by Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif to the capital, Baghdad, on a secret visit in preparation for a new meeting with diplomatic representatives of the Saudi side.

Five rounds.

"Ultra Iraq" was not able to verify these leaks from independent sources, as the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuses to provide any information about the nature of the negotiations that have been achieved so far between Tehran, Washington and Riyadh, as well as reports indicating the existence of a parallel path that also gathered security officials from Iran. And the Emirates, Jordan and Egypt.

So far, five rounds of negotiations have been held, which began in January, with a meeting between Iranian and Emirati officials in Iraq, according to press reports based on government sources inside Baghdad, as the first round paved the way for an unprecedented meeting between Iranian and Saudi security officials in the Iraqi capital.

The April 9th meeting, to which the Financial Times reported , appears to have preceded at least two other meetings during January and February, in which delegations from Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE participated before Egypt joined as well.

Sources say that one of the tours witnessed a meeting of “the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Ismail Qaani, with the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Directorate, Khaled Al-Humaidan, in Baghdad,” noting that “officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Intelligence, as well as the Supreme Council for Iranian National Security were among the delegation. To the members of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard. "

'New Orient'

The available information is concentrated on the April 9th meeting, which witnessed intense talks about the war file in Yemen, in addition to indirect US-Iranian dialogues.

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The negotiations are based on the "New Levant" project that Al-Kazemi proposed during the meetings with Jordan and Egypt

An Iraqi diplomat told Ultra Iraq that the talks touched on other files related to the situation in the region and the armed factions.

 

The diplomat, who declined to be named, added, "Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has succeeded in bringing the conflicting parties to the dialogue table, for the first time in decades, as part of the New Mashriq project that emerged during the tripartite meetings with Jordan and Egypt."

An Iranian show to Riyadh.

The idea of a "new east", according to Al-Kazemi , is based on "creating broad common interests that would create a prosperous economic zone from which all powers in the region benefit and Iraq plays a major role in it." Spiral of conflicts. "

The Iraqi government, as well as Tehran and Riyadh, refrain from commenting on the results of the negotiations rounds that have been achieved so far, but Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatib Zadeh did not confirm or deny the reports of the talks, noting that “the important thing is that Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and considers it in The interest of the peoples of the two countries, as well as peace and stability in the region. "

While the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, said that Tehran “supports Baghdad’s mediation to bring Tehran closer to the countries with which we have faced challenges or whose relations have calmed down, and Iraqi officials have been notified of this,” adding, “We have not yet reached clear results and significant progress. Business moves forward and we can see practical results. "

Iran proposes curbing militias and armed factions and ceasing its hand from Saudi goals, in return for Riyadh supporting nuclear talks with the United States to achieve a new agreement, according to sources in the Middle East that Reuters relied on in a previous report.

Militias are part of the deal!

The leaks did not clearly refer to the militia file in Iraq as part of the potential regional and international deal, although some of them adopted attacks in the depths of Saudi Arabia, the most severe of which was the targeting of the main royal palace in Riyadh.

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Iran is offering to stop Houthi attacks and some militias in exchange for Saudi support for the nuclear negotiations

Platforms linked to the armed factions have circulated information about hundreds of missiles being directed to hit "specific targets" inside Saudi Arabia, without any such attack being recorded since Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's visit to Riyadh in March, as the latter pledged to "stop these attacks." That he "sends a strong message to Tehran."

Security expert Safaa Al-Asam believes that Al-Kazemi's confident speech regarding "preventing attacks against Saudi Arabia" was an indication of the existence of a "future plan for a regional calm in which Riyadh is a part." Very important to start a new page of trust. "

The axes of the negotiations are closely related to the movements of the armed factions in Iraq, according to the Syrian political analyst Malek Al-Hafez.

Al-Hafiz told "Ultra Iraq", "The political and security developments in Iraq directly affect all countries of the region, including Syria and Yemen. All countries share their files, which is what all parties realize."

He added, "Saudi Arabia is seriously considering building advanced relations with Baghdad to avoid greater dangers that were exposed as a result of previous policies," adding that "the coming stage will witness serious coordination with Baghdad to calm down, away from the escalation policy with Iran and its allies."

The "second term" path!

Although the outcome of the negotiations is still unclear until now, Iraq's success in playing the mediating role to hold them is a development that previous heads of government could not achieve, which may indicate a major role for Kazemi after the election season due to the regional and international consensus he enjoys.

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The negotiations could pave the way for a second term for Kazemi after the early elections in Iraq 

Journalist Ahmed Al-Suhail agrees with the viewpoint that Al-Kazemi believes that the success of "the Iranian-Gulf-American negotiations may pave the way for him significantly towards a second term at the head of the government, based on his excellent relationship with Iran and the Gulf as well as the United States."

Al-Suhail believes that "the agreement means ceasing the armed factions and creating a more calm atmosphere before the early elections on October 10, which will be promoted as a success for Al-Kazemi in containing the militias' weapons."

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Hussein confirms that an Iranian-Saudi meeting will be held in Baghdad, and that reveals secret negotiations
  
{Politics: Al Furat News} The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, confirmed that an Iranian-Saudi meeting would take place in Baghdad, while he revealed secret negotiations between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran for a year and a half.
 

Hussein said in a televised interview, "The reciprocal visits from Iraq and the countries of the world and the neighborhood are not for courtesy and not protocol, but rather with practical programs, most of which are related to coordination on political issues, exchange of views on issues in the region and pushing tensions there in addition to economic issues."
"We have many problems in the economic and financial reality, oil, the private sector, gas, electricity, the energy file, agriculture and others, and these are all issues that must be raised and discussed and cooperation with other countries on them," he added. 
Hussein pointed out, "We are not neutral in the sense that we are with right against falsehood, not in this concept, but are neutral with the interests of Iraq, and regional and international interventions are reflected on the Iraqi reality, and we deal with everyone and do not enter into the axes of one country against another." 
He added, "Iraq has collected contradictions in the relations between the countries of the region, and it is the only alternative that communicates with everyone regardless of the relations of other countries with each other. Iraq is frank in raising issues in the region, and we also have internal files that have problems and need to be addressed, and this can be achieved with neighboring countries."
And Hussein said, "Iraq played a role in the rapprochement of relations between Egypt and Turkey, and I read in the press that there was a diplomatic meeting between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and he is happy with this meeting, and Iraq plays a role in this aspect, and Iraq was a victim of the Iranian-American conflict in the region, and that contact with former US President Donald Trump It was difficult and they diagnosed the issues.
And he added, "Our relations are good with Washington and Iran, and when I spoke with officials of the two countries, they said that we are free to talk with the other, and the course of the US-Iranian negotiations will continue, and there may be turning points in it. Some negotiations between the two countries have been unannounced and a secret negotiation for a year and a half." Of regime change in Iraq after 2003. "
The foreign minister affirmed, "We have passed the stage of discontinuity between Iraq and Saudi Arabia and entered the issue of understandings and cooperation in various fields and the joint ministerial council between them and some neighboring countries and the region. Saudi companies are ready to come to Iraq, but some security events make them await but do not back down from their decision to invest."
He revealed, "After Eid al-Fitr, the tripartite summit will be held between Iraq, Egypt and Jordan," adding, "There is no cancellation of memoranda of understanding with China, and there is no idea to establish a fund between Iraq and Egypt, rather there are ideas about exchanging oil for electricity or construction, and we are discussing with Jordan many things starting with From political cooperation to the cultural level. "
Hussein noted, "The government of Adel Abdul Mahdi has added 200,000 jobs in state institutions, which has put pressure on the state budget. The current government has had to pay the salaries of employees from the Chinese fund, but we were able to recover their sums with the rise in oil prices."
The foreign minister concluded his dialogue by saying, "It is not correct to say that Jordan has benefited more from Iraq in the memoranda of understanding between the two countries, and there is a restorative vision beyond that."

Wafa Al-Fatlawi

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Tehran welcomes the invitation of "Bin Salman" to initiate better relations between the two countries

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said that a new chapter in relations and cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh could start

29.04.2021
 

Tehran welcomes the invitation of "Bin Salman" to initiate better relations between the two countries
 

    
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On Thursday, Tehran welcomed the statements of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which he expressed his desire for better relations between his country and Iran.

This came in press statements by the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatib Zadeh, reported by the local "Iran Front Page" website.

He said, "Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two important countries in the region and the Islamic world, can start a new chapter of relations and cooperation to achieve peace, stability and development in the region by adopting a constructive and dialogue-based approach."

Yesterday, he said the Saudi Crown Prince, said his country "aspires to have a good and distinctive relationship with Iran."

"We want a prosperous Iran and that we have mutual interests with each other, but our negative problem with it is its negative behavior, such as its nuclear program or support for outlaw militias in some countries in the region and the ballistic missile program," he added in an interview with the Kingdom's official TV.

The new Saudi attitude towards Tehran comes on the heels of the recent disclosure by the British newspaper "Financial Times" that a Saudi delegation met an Iranian delegation on April 9th in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The "secret" talks, according to the same source, included "easing tensions between the two countries, the Houthi attacks on the Kingdom, and agreeing to hold a new round of talks," without official Saudi comment.

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The Iranian First Vice President, Ishaq Jahangiri, confirmed his country's desire to reach an understanding with Saudi Arabia urgently, but called on the Kingdom to stop its "destructive" measures.

"We want to urgently reach an understanding with Saudi Arabia, but it must stop its destructive measures in the region," Jahangiri said, in a statement he made today, Friday, during a meeting via the "Clubhouse" app.

Jahangiri stressed that "Iran has a great and important role in resolving regional files, and this role must be respected."
 
 

The Vice President also considered, in his discussion of the escalation between the two countries in early 2016, that there was an incursion Saudi Embassy I have Tehran It was "a betrayal of the Iranian people."

There have been no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries since 2016, but in recent weeks the two sides have exchanged messages about their desire to settle their differences.

And the Saudi Crown Prince has previously confirmed, Prince Mohammed bin SalmanIn an interview broadcast by the country's official media on the evening of April 27th, the Kingdom aspires to establish a "good" relationship with Iran as a neighboring country and wants to be "prosperous", but there are "problems" between the two parties and Saudi Arabia is working with its partners to solve them.
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The New York Times: Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed to continue their talks in Baghdad

Political11:13 - 05/01/2021

 
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The American newspaper "New York Times" quoted several informed sources as saying that Saudi Arabia and Iran agreed to continue their talks in Baghdad in May, as the kingdom confirmed that it would "seize any opportunity" to promote peace.

Multiple sources confirmed to Western media outlets that on April 9, delegations from the two countries held talks in Baghdad under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, on issues of Iranian-backed Iraqi forces, the Yemen war, and the Lebanon file.

The New York Times said in a report published on Saturday that two Iranian and other Iraqi officials confirmed to her that the talks were attended by the Director of Saudi Intelligence, Khaled Al-Humaidan, and the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme Security Council of Iran, Saeed Arafani.

The officials said the two sides agreed to continue the talks in Baghdad during May, and possibly at the ambassadorial level.

The newspaper reported that the Saudi government sent a statement to it, in response to a request for comment on the matter, stating that the Kingdom "will take any opportunity to contribute to the promotion of peace and stability in the region" provided Iran shows "goodwill while ceasing its malicious activities."  

There is great tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran due to many sharp differences, especially the war in Yemen and the January 2, 2016 attacks on the Riyadh embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad, after the Kingdom's authorities carried out the death sentence against 47 people in terrorism cases, including the prominent Shiite cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.


There have been no formal diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh since 2016, but in recent weeks there has been an exchange of messages about their desire to settle differences.

And the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously confirmed in an interview broadcast by the official media in the country on the evening of April 27, that the Kingdom aspires to establish a "good" relationship with Iran as a neighboring country and wants to be "prosperous", but there are "problems." Between the two parties, Saudi Arabia is working with its partners to solve it.

"Our problem is Iran's negative behavior, whether through its nuclear program or its support for outlaw militias in some countries in the region or its ballistic missile program," Mohammed bin Salman said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement commenting on bin Salman's statements that Iran welcomes the kingdom's change of tone.

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The Baghdad meeting moves "stagnant waters" between Saudi Arabia and Syria ... and an important decision after the Eid
  
{International: Al-Furat News} High-level diplomatic sources in Damascus confirmed that a Saudi delegation headed by the head of the intelligence service, Lieutenant General Khaled Al-Humaidan, visited the Syrian capital on Monday, and met Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Vice President for Security Affairs, Major General Ali Al-Mamlouk, and it was agreed that the delegation would return for a long visit After the blessed Eid al-Fitr.

These sources told Al-Rai Al-Youm newspaper that an agreement had been reached to reopen the Saudi embassy in Damascus, as a first step to restore relations in all fields between the two countries.
The sources indicated that the Saudi delegation informed its Syrian hosts that its country welcomes Syria's return to the Arab League, and the attendance of the next Arab summit conference in Algeria, if it takes place.
This breakthrough, according to the newspaper, in Syrian-Saudi relations, comes after a secret Saudi-Iranian meeting in the Iraqi capital Baghdad two weeks ago, and the Saudi crown prince's affirmation in a TV interview that his country is keen to establish strong relations with Iran, and said he wishes it as a neighboring country all prosperity.
The newspaper pointed out that "the Saudi-Syrian dispute was centered around Syria's strong and strategic relationship with Iran, but now, after the Saudi-Iranian meeting in Baghdad, and confirmation of the possibilities that the Vienna talks would lead to reviving the Iranian nuclear agreement and lifting US sanctions on Iran, Saudi accounts have changed completely," Its leadership is seeking to improve its relations with the Iranian-Syrian axis and normalize relations between Tehran and Riyadh, which will facilitate reaching a Saudi exit from the Yemeni crisis as soon as possible. "
The Syrian sources who spoke to Rai Al-Youm did not disclose further details of what was going on in the talks, but hinted that they were fruitful and broke the ice that was controlling relations between the two countries.
It is reported that the Saudi authorities completely froze their relations with the Syrian opposition and the High Negotiations Committee, which was based in Riyadh, and closed its official headquarters.
It is still not known whether Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Saudi foreign minister, will lead the Saudi delegation that will visit the Syrian capital and oversee the agreement to reopen the Saudi embassy after Eid al-Fitr, or whether he will leave the task to Lieutenant General Al Humaidan. Prince bin Farhan leads the delegation.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in his meeting on the Saudi official TV, was focusing on the Arab psyche, the Arab interest, and the fight against Islamic extremism, a conciliatory tone that caught the attention of many observers.

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Iraqi President Barham Salih announced today, Wednesday, that Baghdad hosted more than one round of dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran during the last period.

He added, "The Saudi and Iranian talks are ongoing and important, and it is important for Iraq to play a role with the regional authorities, and Iraq's sovereignty can bring stability to neighboring countries," noting that "Iran is our neighbor and we want to integrate it into the regional framework, but we are also keen on our sovereignty, no." We want Iraq to become an arena of conflict. "

Saleh did not give more details. He made these statements during an interview with the Beirut Institute research institute, which was broadcast live on the Internet.

And the ministry's spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, announced on Monday that Tehran is ready to hold talks with Saudi Arabia at any level, and the countries of the region and the two countries will witness the outcome of these talks.

There is great tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran due to many sharp differences, especially the war in Yemen, and there have been no formal diplomatic relations between them since 2016.

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Iraq president confirms hosting Saudi, Iran talks

 
May 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm | Published 
Iraqi President Barham Salih during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq on September 02, 2020 [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency]
Iraqi President Barham Salih during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq on September 02, 2020 [Murtadha Al-Sudani/Anadolu Agency]
 
May 6, 2021 at 1:38 pm
 

Iraqi President Barham Salih has confirmed recent reports that his country has held more than one round of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Salih made the revelation yesterday during an interview aired live online with the Beirut Institute think tank, describing the ongoing talks as "important and significant", but provided no further details.

Last month a senior Saudi official denied that Baghdad held secret talks between the two regional rivals, although Iran's Foreign Ministry stated that it welcomed Iraq's mediation in helping it mend ties with Gulf Arab states. This was also reiterated by Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi.

 

On Monday Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, announced that the Islamic Republic was ready to hold talks with Riyadh "at any level and in any form", it follows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stating in an interview that the kingdom wishes to establish a "good" relationship with Iran as a neighbouring country.

Iran and Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties in 2016 after Riyadh executed a high-profile Saudi Shia cleric and activist, Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr prompting mass protests both domestically in the eastern province town of Qatif and in Iran where a mob ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Both countries have also been engaged in several proxy wars in the region with a rivalry based on competing sectarian ideologies and geopolitics motives.

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An international report reveals important information about Al-Kazemi's role in mediation between the countries of the region
  
{Politics: Euphrates News} The international Bloomberg Agency published a report in which it spoke about the major and important role of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi in the stability of the Middle East, describing it as "of a very prominent position in Washington and the world, according to American professors specializing in international political affairs."
 

Bloomberg said, "Al-Kazemi sailed in Iraqi politics on the broader front line with Iran, and played his cards wisely." His position is very high in Washington now, noting that, "Al-Kazemi has placed Iraq with a strong role and position internationally because he realizes that the stability of his country internally has a great relationship. The situation in the region. ”
The report pointed out that“ Iraq is playing a mediating role between Iran and the oil-producing Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, in a transformation of a country known to be a victim of the regional conflict rather than a channel to defuse it. ” 
In recent weeks, Iraq has conducted according to The report has "indirect talks between its two neighbors, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with a focus on the Yemen war, as the two countries support opposite sides."
"Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates consider Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, a former intelligence chief with expertise in regional security issues, with a degree of independence from Iran," Bloomberg said. Four people briefed on the talks said he was thus able. Building confidence to make such participation possible. " 
Al-Kazemi also kept, according to the report, "open channels between Tehran and the administration of President Joseph Biden, which two people familiar with the Iraqi side said had welcomed the separate method of diplomatic contact with Iran. World powers are holding talks in Vienna to try to revive the 2015 agreement with Iran to rein in its nuclear activity in exchange for easing sanctions." ".
He pointed out that "the end of the mid-May agreement on monitoring Iranian nuclear facilities gives these multi-track talks an additional urgency that could help regional communication in promoting the revival of the nuclear agreement, after former President Donald Trump's unilateral exit followed by attacks on global shipping lanes and oil facilities." Saudi Arabia, many of which blamed Iran or its regional proxies. "
Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute and an expert on US policy in the Middle East, said, "Al-Kazemi sailed into Iraqi politics on the broader front line with Iran, and played his cards wisely. His position is very high in Washington now."
Iraq has long been stuck in the midst of conflicts between global and regional powers, and is still rebuilding from the invasions of the United States and ISIS, and Iraq hopes to reduce tensions that directly affect it, while Al-Kazemi also seeks to strengthen its role on the international stage, even when he navigates domestic politics in Iraq, where it gravitates between powerful rival parties, according to the report.

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An American newspaper: A high-ranking Saudi-Iranian meeting in Baghdad this May
  
{Politics: Al Furat News} An American newspaper revealed that a high-level Saudi-Iranian meeting was held in the capital, Baghdad, this month.
 

Diplomatic moves and talks have been taking place in the Middle East during the recent period, even between the most adversarial parties in the region.

The most prominent of these moves were represented by the negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Iran that were held in Baghdad under Iraqi auspices, which are expected to continue, according to the American "New York Times", which revealed an upcoming meeting between Saudi and Iranian officials, which may be held in Baghdad this month "at the ambassadorial level." .

In addition to Iraq's sponsorship of the Saudi-Iranian dialogue, Baghdad also sponsors talks between Washington and Tehran, as Bloomberg reports, citing informed sources.

Bloomberg notes that the government of Mustafa al-Kazemi kept open channels between Tehran and the administration of US President Joe Biden, which in turn welcomed the separate method of diplomatic engagement with Iran.

Saudi Arabia also sought to open a channel of communication with the Syrian regime, as reports said that a Saudi security delegation arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to discuss, after years of Syrian isolation from its Arab surroundings due to the civil war.

In return, Turkey sought to open relations with other countries in the Middle East region, such as Egypt, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, as Riyadh and Ankara recently agreed to hold bilateral meetings as soon as possible.

Before that, Egyptian-Turkish talks were held in Cairo after years of estrangement between the two countries.

There are questions about the secret of these regional moves, which followed years of struggle for influence or proxy war in the region.

Caroline Rose, a political analyst at the "New Lines" Center for Strategies and Policies in Washington, believes that the Middle East is now living in a state of "controlling the forms" of alliances.

Rose said in a press statement, "We are witnessing the resetting of coalition systems and informal alliances in the Middle East, in conjunction with former competitors reshaping partnerships to achieve new economic advantages and confront emerging security threats."

In parallel with the Saudi activity, Turkey is making a diplomatic effort on several fronts, with a scheduled visit to Saudi Arabia next week.

Turkish and Egyptian diplomats met in Cairo, on Thursday, for the second day, to discuss the possibility of repairing the strained relations, and the talks ended with the intention to complete them through other dialogue sessions.

Regarding the Turkish rapprochement with the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Rose believes that it will be in a limited framework, especially as Ankara continues to seek energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean.

Regarding Saudi Arabia, Rose says, "As we see, Riyadh is pushing for greater influence outside the Arabian Peninsula and engaging in conflict areas, such as Iraq and Syria, as a means of defining spaces to confront Tehran."

The American researcher added, "However, I am not sure that Saudi Arabia will engage intensively or militarily in the most dangerous security vacuums in the Levant, given that Riyadh is already confused with the Houthi rebels in Yemen."

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A senior Saudi Foreign Ministry official confirmed to Reuters, Friday, that the Kingdom is holding talks with Iran.

The director of the Ministry's Policy Planning Department, Ambassador Raed Qarmali, said that the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran "are aimed at reducing tension in the region.

But it is too early to judge the outcome," adding that Riyadh "wants to see verifiable actions."
 
 
 

"We hope that the talks will succeed, but it is too early to reach any specific conclusions," Qarmali added.

The New York Times recently quoted Iraqi and Iranian officials as saying that the head of Saudi intelligence last month began secret talks with a high-ranking Iranian security official in Baghdad.
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Tehran: We welcome the role of Iraq in resolving disputes and tensions in the region

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, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Iraj Masjedi, announced that "the countries of the region have begun to adopt a new approach to resolving differences and tensions, and we welcome it", welcoming the role of Iraq in this regard.
The Middle East News website quoted the statements of the Iranian ambassador who said, "The Islamic Republic has always been supportive of peace and friendship. Therefore, we welcome the resolution of any differences, especially with Islamic countries and neighboring countries in the region."
He added, "Iran is interested in developing its relations with Islamic countries and the region so that there are no differences and tensions in the region."
He added, "A new approach has been developed in the neighboring countries and the region to resolve tensions with Iran, which we welcome and we hope will achieve results. Welcome to the constructive and positive role of Iraq in this regard."
On the Vienna talks, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq said: In discussing the nuclear file, we are interested in the United States returning to the nuclear agreement and lifting sanctions, moving within the framework of this agreement and continuing their work, stressing the need to lift all sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, and said that Iran is ready to fulfill Committed to its obligations.Ended 29 / A43

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On Monday (May 10, 2021), the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed that talks have already taken place between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia in the capital, Baghdad.

Iranian Tasnim news agency quoted the ministry’s spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, as saying that "the aim of the Iranian-Saudi talks was to discuss bilateral and regional relations."

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