Muqtada al-Sadr visit to Kuwait aimed at ‘improving ties between Iraq and Arabs’

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Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr concluded on Wednesday a two-day visit to neighboring Kuwait, holding talks with Kuwait officials related to bilateral relations between the two countries.

In a statement published on Sadr's official website, his office said that the visit came at the official invitation of the Kuwaiti government. It added that he had met with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah in order to discuss “the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to strengthen them to serve the interests of the two brotherly peoples.”

In an interview with Al Arabiya, a Sadr spokesperson said that the aim of the visit was to “improve relations between the two brotherly people” adding that al-Sadr is “in the process to establish balanced relations with everyone, and focus on the relations with the Arab Gulf nations.”

The spokesperson pointed out that ”this goal will be realized with the formation of a strong government adopting his stances” considering that the Sairoon Alliance made up of the Sadrist Movement and the Communist Party, had a sweeping win in the Iraqi parliamentary elections, which took place on May 12 of this month.

The official said “Sadr has been able, through his continuous strive to improve Iraqi-Arab relations, after years of disconnection, in order to balance the relations that Iraq maintains with its other non-Arab neighbors" as the spokesperson puts it.

In this regard, Tareq al-Aboudi a political analysis said to that “Sadr strives to improve relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia last year and which was successful, has pushed him to take the same step towards Kuwait I order to narrow the gap following the invasion of Kuwait by Slain former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in the nineties.”

Al-Aboudi said “the Sadr’s control over the political situation following his alliance swiping win in the parliamentary elections as well as his moves to form the biggest bloc, will form an additional push to improve Iraq’s position among his brotherly Arabs and which will be for the country’s interest.”

He added that “the course of political reality in Iraq indicates a shift away from the sectarian discourse adopted during the previous governments, which negatively affected the political, security and social reality of Iraq.”

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