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Abdul Mahdi Reveals Iraqi Mediation between Washington-Tehran

Abdul Mahdi Reveals Iraqi Mediation between Washington-Tehran

Wednesday, 15 May, 2019 - 07:15
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi speaks during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
Baghdad - Hamza Mustafa
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has described the Iranian-US dispute as 'complex'. Speaking to journalists at a news conference on Tuesday after his weekly cabinet meeting, Abdul Mahdi said Baghdad was communicating regularly with Tehran and Washington in an attempt to reduce tensions.

Iran and the US are not willing to enter a war, and Iraq is seeking to solve the crisis.

“The Iran-US dispute is a complex one and we are making an effort to find a way out of the crisis,” he added.

Abdul Mahdi revealed that he held three phone calls with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before his visit to Iraq to discuss the regional issues and Iraq's role in preventing the crisis.

The Iraqi PM said he was getting indications from talks with both the US and Iran that "things will end well" despite the current ramping up of rhetoric from both sides.

In this context, member of the parliamentary foreign relations committee Furat al-Tamimi affirmed that the parliament backs the government’s approach in this field.

Tamimi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Iraq will be damaged the most from the US-Iranian conflict.

He stressed that Iraq is linked with the US in the Strategic Framework Agreement plus that the US is a key state in fighting ISIS, adding that the Iraqi-Iranian ties are geographically, politically and economically interrelated.

Tamimi continued that the Iraqi interest should be placed first, noting that the region cant handle more conflicts and escalation.

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