Strategic Council Online- Interview: An expert on Iraq commented on the recent visit of Mostafa Al-Kazemi, Iraqi Premier to Tehran and said:” Mostafa Al-Kazemi visit to Iran was his first visit after President Raisi took office. From political point of view, the visit was made one month before holding the Iraqi election, and is important for Al-Kazem who has made several counselling visits to regional countries.
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Strategic Council Online-Opinion: On 28 August 2021, Baghdad was host to one of the most important regional meetings entitled the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership. Guests participating in this one-day meeting included high-ranking officials from influential Arab and non-Arab states. The Baghdad conference was highly significant from two respects: first, the level and arrangement of participants that have deep differences bilaterally, trilaterally and on many aspects, second, the goals which were pursued in the meeting at domestic, regional and international levels.
Barsam Mohammadi—International issues analyst
Strategic Council Online – A researcher on Iraq affairs saying that Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan have strong economic incentives for trilateral cooperation within the framework of the “New Levant” plan, pointed to the challenges facing the cooperation of the three countries and noted: If the effectiveness of the agreement becomes clear to Iraq, there is the possibility that the cooperation may be extended to other political, security and military fields.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs called the presence of NATO forces in Iraq contrary to the principle of sovereignty and a factor in increasing internal disputes in that country and said: Iraqi groups, the Iraqi parliament, and the government of Mr. Al-Kazemi should note that there is no difference between the NATO and the United States and, while considering strategic implications of that presence, they must confront NATO forces with a more prudent policy.
Iraqi election; Perspectives / Effective factors & reasons to oppose and raising obstacles against it
Strategic Council Online- Early parliamentary election in Iraq which was supposed to be held on June 6, 2021, has been postponed. Whispers were circulating within the past few weeks that certain figures, movements and players are looking for the second postponement of election in Iraq which was originally supposed to be held on October 10, 2021.
Hamid Khoshayand, International Analyst
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on Iraq affairs, commenting on the continued presence of US troops in Iraq despite strategic talks between the two countries on this issue and approval of the law on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in December 2019 said: There is no doubt that the stay of American forces in Iraq will intensify instability in that country.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of Iraq affairs, referring to some issues of concern to Tehran and Baghdad raised during the visit of the Iraqi National Security Adviser to Iran, said that withdrawal of the Americans from that country can help improve security situation in Iraq and limit the ISIS. Unfortunately, he said what has overshadowed common security issues between Iran and Iraq is the continued presence of US forces in Iraq.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of Middle East affairs and assistant professor of international relations in the Human Sciences Research Center says relations between Baghdad and Riyadh have faced many highs and lows during the past several decades.
Online Strategic Council—Interview: A university professor says Iraqi prime minister is trying to resolve some of the economic and financial problems of his country through Saudi Arabia and the Arab countries.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that Saudi Arabia is the cradle of ISIS line of thinking and that Mohammed bin Salman’s approach to social reform is contradictory, adding: There is potentials for great socio-political changes in Saudi Arabia, but they have forcefully prevented this by spending huge money and through false propaganda.
Strategic Council Online – A university professor said that ISIS survivors are part of the leverage of foreign powers to advance their foreign policy towards Iraq, adding: This view is especially true about the United States, which is under the pressure of the resistance groups to withdraw troops following a decision by the Iraqi parliament.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: With Joe Biden in the White House as the President of the United States, Iraq’s government inclination towards Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt will be reduced or disrupted, says an expert of West Asia affairs.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on the Middle East affairs, referring to the protest rally of the Iraqis in response to Saudi Arabia’s investment in their country, said: The government of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is looking to foreign investment, especially by the wealthy states in the Persian Gulf, to alleviate economic problems – countries that in the past two decades, with the support of the ISIS and some extremist Sunni groups in Iraq, have always tried to prevent any stabilization and security in the war-torn country.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on regional issues said that some currents in Iraq, due to pan-Arabism approaches, have shown great interest in the Saudi plan to rebuild Iraqi agriculture, but this could lead to the gradual collapse of Iraq.
Strategic Council Online -interview: The people, religious establishment, parliament and political and resistance groups in Iraq are opposed to any probable normalization of relations with Zionist Regime, an expert of West Asia affairs says.
Strategic Council Online – Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt, are trying to pull Iraq from the ideological sphere to the atmosphere of Arab reaction in order to deepen the distance between Tehran and Baghdad politically and ideologically.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online – Al-Kazemi’s stances reflect his outlooks and political vision about the United States. Some believe that the Americans hope that with Al-Kazemi as Iraq’s prime minister, relations with the US are set to expand and the scope of criticism of the United States inside Iraq will decrease; But we should not overlook the subsequent developments in Iraq; because next year elections will be held and Al-Kazemi himself, as a statesman, has plans for his political future, and is probably thinking of creating a political faction or party.
Siamak Kakai – Iraqi Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online – “The purpose of the US presence in Iraq is to support Israel’s freedom of action in the region and to contain Iran,” said a West Asian affairs analyst. He added domination over Iraq and utilization of its capacities in line with hostility towards its neighbors will never serve the satisfaction of the neighbouring countries, religious authorities and Iraqi politicians.
Strategic Council Online – The Iraqi Prime Minister has called on Donald Trump to withdraw his forces from the country as soon as possible, because the possibility of a violent conflict between the Iraqi people and American troops has greatly increased. In other words, the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops will be a prelude to the complete withdrawal of these forces from Iraq.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Researcher on West Asian Issues
Strategic Council Online – In addition to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the new Iraqi government seeks to establish new relations with countries in the region and beyond, in which countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the Persian Gulf states are given priority.
Siamak Kakai – Iraqi Affairs Expert