Iran calls for dialogue in Iraq amid political crisis
TEHRAN – Iran has again called on Iraqi political factions to stick to dialogue to overcome the current political crisis facing Iraq.
Stressing the need to maintain unity in Iraq, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said, “All major Iraqi political currents should agree on a solution to existing political problems through interactive dialogue.”
The remarks were made during a phone call between Ayatollah Raisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday.
President Raisi stressed the need to implement the agreements reached in relation to the measures taken by the Iraqi government to improve the political climate in the region and welcomed the acceleration of interactive measures following the implementation agreements, according to a statement issued by the Iranian government presidency.
In another part of the conversation, President Raisi stressed the need to facilitate the journey of Iranian pilgrims, especially during the Arbaeen ceremony, which the Iraqi Prime Minister also promised in this regard.
The Iraqi Prime Minister also stressed that he would personally follow up on issues related to the presence of Iranian pilgrims at the Arbaeen ceremony.
During the phone conversation, referring to the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region and the world, al-Kadhimi stressed that he will continue his efforts to improve and raise the level of regional relations and cooperation.
Iraq has been rocked by political unrest since the October 2021 parliamentary elections that gave the Sadrist movement a clear, but inconclusive victory.
A few weeks ago, the Sadrists began an open sit-in in the Iraqi parliament and expanded it on Tuesday to include the Iraqi judicial system, a move that prompted al-Kadhimi to cut short his visit to Egypt and return to Baghdad. to follow developments.
“Prime Minister @MAKadhimi is cutting short his visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt and returning to Baghdad in light of recent developments in the country, and to directly follow the work of security forces in protecting judicial and state institutions ,” the Iraqi government said in a statement on Twitter.
He added: “Prime Minister @MAKadhimi warned that disrupting the work of the judiciary exposes the country to real dangers, stressing that the right to protest is guaranteed by the Constitution but with the need to respect the institutions of the ‘State. PM @MAKadhimi called for calm, and an immediate meeting of the heads of political forces to activate national dialogue and defuse the crisis.
On August 17, the Iraqi Prime Minister issued another statement calling for a national dialogue between the country’s political factions. This statement came after al-Kadhimi’s meeting with most Iraqi political leaders. The Sadrist movement boycotted the meeting.
“The participants expressed their attachment to national fundamentals and to the search for a solution to all crises through dialogue and the adoption of a spirit of brotherhood and collaboration in order to preserve the unity of Iraq, the security and stability of its people, the continuity of the constitutional democratic system. They stressed the priority given to the supreme national interests and the spirit of solidarity between the peoples of the same country to face the current political crisis,” the statement read.
He added: “The participants called on the brothers of the Sadrist Movement to engage in national dialogue in order to put in place mechanisms for a comprehensive solution to serve the aspirations of the Iraqi people and achieve their goals. The participants agreed to continue the national dialogue in order to develop a legal and constitutional roadmap to deal with the current crisis.