At a conference in Baghdad, Iraq attempts to defuse tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iraq has invited Iran, Saudi Arabia, and some other countries, including the Gulf countries, to a summit in Baghdad.

Officials say the meeting, which will also discuss the war in Yemen, the collapse of Lebanon, and a regional water crisis, could take a step toward rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran. However, they have yet to say which representation they will send.

Iraqi officials expect Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, to attend the meeting scheduled for Saturday.
“Even if we gather the foreign ministers at a table, this could be seen as a breakthrough in ending the tensions between the Iranians and the Gulf Arabs,” said an official close to Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi.

A politician close to the prime minister said Iraq, which hosted private meetings between Saudi and Iranian officials earlier this year. It had received “positive signals” from Tehran and the Arab Gulf countries that they were ready for more direct talks. , according to Reuters.

So far, Kuwait has been the only Gulf state to confirm its participation, sending its prime minister.

Egypt and Jordan have been invited to the Baghdad meeting along with Turkey and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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