Iraq's parliamentary speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi (L) with his Iranian counterpart. April 27, 2022

Iraq's parliamentary speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi (L) with his Iranian counterpart. April 27, 2022

Iraqi Parliamentary Speaker In Tehran To Call For Regional Talks


Visiting Tehran, Iraq's parliament speaker has stressed Baghdad’s commitment to helping ease regional tensions through diplomacy.

Mohammed al-Halbousi, who arrived in Tehran at the head of a parliamentary delegation Wednesday, said the country’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi had attended the latest round of talks between Tehran and Riyadh, which was held in the in Baghdad last week. Al-Halbousi made the remarks in a joint press conference after meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf.

“We see negotiation and understanding as the solution to problems between neighbors,” al-Halbousi said. “Many problems require dialogue and consultation”. Diplomatic relations between Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran were broken off in 2016, with the two supporting opposing sides in conflicts in both Syria and Yemen.

During his one-day visit, al-Halbousi was also scheduled to meet with President Ebrahim Raisi, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Halbousi's visit to Iran − his second since 2018 when he assumed office − took place as factional discussions continue over forming a new Iraqi government several months after parliamentary elections. Halbousi’s Sunni alliance is part of a parliamentary bloc in which it is allied with Muqtada Sadr’s Shiite party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, but the process of forming a government is hindered by the complexities of sectarian arrangements and opposition from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Shia parties close to Tehran.

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