Senior Iraqi Shia cleric Ammar al-Hakim says Baghdad is ready to play a positive role in controlling rising tensions between Iran and the United States, warning that the situation could have negative consequences for the Middle East region.
- Hakim, who leads the National Wisdom Movement, said during a meeting with Joey Hood, the Chargé d’affaires of the US Mission in Iraq, on Sunday that the escalation of tension was “worrying.
He also encouraged more efforts to make bilateral talks between the two sides possible, referring some remarks by American officials whop hoped for negotiations instead of war.
“These comments must serve as an introduction to achieving appropriate solutions and keeping the regional nations distant from war and blockade,” Hakim said.
Hakim said he had close ties with both Iran and the US and could play the role of a mediator and end the current crisis.
Iraqi lawmaker Hassan Fadas also said Sunday that Iraq “played the role of mediation,” and was already talking to both sides to bring them closer.”
“Iraq is capable of influencing the American decision, and being an element of calm and embracing any possible meeting to prevent war, which could have catastrophic consequences for Iraq and the region in general,” he told Baghdad Today.Source: iuvmpress