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Iraq Discusses Mediation between Iran, US as PM Visits Kuwait

Iraq Discusses Mediation between Iran, US as PM Visits Kuwait

Thursday, 23 May, 2019 - 07:15
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah receives Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. (KUNA)
Baghdad, Kuwait - Hamza Mustafa and Merza al-Khuwaldi
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi arrived in Kuwait Wednesday on an official brief visit to discuss joint topics on the level of economy and investment. Regional developments especially the unprecedented military escalation between the US and Iran were key issues.

Abdul Mahdi held talks with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on Wednesday night.

Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help ease tensions amid fears of a confrontation between the US and Iran in the Middle East, said the PM on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Sheikh Sabah said during a visit to his country’s foreign ministry that “it has a further responsibility to carry amidst critical and very dangerous” circumstances in the region.

He hoped that calm would be restored in the region and for diligence to be followed in handling developments.

Commenting on the proposed Baghdad mediation, head of the Iranian presidential office and chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that negotiating with the US is meaningless as long as it is pressuring Tehran.

Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy in Baghdad Joey Hood denied having any idea about an Iraqi mediation.

During a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday, he welcomed the chance to consult with the Iraqi government and exchange points of view. He added that talks can be held directly with Iran.

Meanwhile, the leader of the National Wisdom Movement Ammar al-Hakim met with a delegation of the Sadrist Movement, stressing the importance of Iraq exerting efforts to de-escalate the US-Iran tension.

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