Iraq is a large country that’s swayed by all forms of influence. Iran is greedy for it and the US sees it as a goal to reach. However, before all that, Iraq is for its people with their different sects and orientations, and their interests must be served. It is in the Iraqis’ best interest to shield the country from wars and from mortgaging its wealth and security in favor of this or that neighbor.
Iraq today has a new parliament, a new prime minister and a new president who is the Kurdish sensible politician Barham Salih who made his first foreign tour and visited Iran and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
Will Iraq today be biased towards the “harmful” Iranian neighbor after the international American economic and political restraints tightened around the Iranian regime? We ask this while being aware of the size of Iranian political investment and depth inside Iraq.
Iraqi President Barham Salih’s visit to Riyadh and his meeting with King Salman is a good sign. We’re not saying it’s a sign towards matching Iraqi policy with Saudi Arabia but towards putting Iraq and the Iraqis’ interest above all other considerationsMashari Althaydi