Iran should not have been allowed a seat at the Baghdad II conference.
On December 20, Jordan hosted a high-level conference on Iraq entitled “Partnerships and Cooperation, and How to Continue to Help Iraq.” Besides regional powers, several international organizations led by French President Emmanuel Macron attended the summit, including representatives from the EU, the United Nations, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Islamic Cooperation Organization.
Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Turkiye also helped Iraq achieve the political and economic stability and security it lacked since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s government in 2003. I was interested in doing
A year ago, the first meeting was held in Baghdad, aimed at initiating regional consultations on troubled countries. Since then, nothing has been achieved and no changes have been made to improve Iraq’s security or economy.
Will a second summit make a difference?
The Baghdad II rally focused on strengthening Iraq’s regional role in meeting Iraq’s security challenges.
The discussion should have been about how to help Iraq kick out Iran and prevent Tehran from running its neighbor.
“Iraq is probably one of the main victims of regional destabilization, given the last few decades. We need to be able to overcome the splits of the moment,” Macron told participants. rice field. He reiterated his country’s commitment to regional stability to promote peace and security in the wider Mediterranean Basin, which he said was suffering from deadlock, division and foreign interference.
When the international community discusses Iraq-related issues, Baghdad cannot be separated from its neighboring capital and its political arena and national security implications.
The EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell expressed concern over Iraq’s proxy battlefield and endorsed Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani’s commitment to undertake comprehensive reforms. emphasized the readiness of
Borrell said Iraq has been a war zone for too long. “Now we have to be a regional bridge that contributes to easing regional tensions. That is why we support the Iraqi government’s consistent efforts to develop a balanced foreign policy.” he added.
Ironically, al-Sudani points out that force should not be used to resolve disputes and disagreements, and that his country rejects any foreign interference that harms or threatens its sovereignty and territory. emphasized. The prime minister should have read his room before making such remarks.
It is well known that he was appointed to this important post by a staunch pro-Tehran politician who has mobilized militias across his country and killed, kidnapped and tortured his fellow Iraqis. is a fact.
While the Iranian regime continues to repress its people, silencing brave protesters with various forms of force, including arrest, murder and sexual abuse, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdulahian said Iran’s “policy It is to work to avoid war and restore security and stability.”
Now we have to ask the million dollar question: How and why was Iran invited to the Jordan conference? Syria was excluded from the conference, so why was Iran excluded? do you want?
The debate was how to help Iraq prevent it from withdrawing from Tehran and taking over a neighboring country that poses a grave danger to several Arab and Western countries.
Attendees were well aware of the fact that a government cannot be established in Baghdad without Tehran’s consent, and that no politician can be head of the government without Iran’s approval.
And recently, Iran has escalated its military offensive against Kurdish rebel groups inside Iraq, with no regard for the stability of its neighbors.
Tehran’s regime has provided funding and weapons to terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere. It targets Iranian citizens in the US and Europe to oppose the extremist ruling class.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has launched multiple attacks against Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The Iranian regime has played a role in the Ukrainian conflict by providing Russia with drones while holding international talks to revive the nuclear deal.
It is doubtful whether the outcome of this summit will prevent Iran from committing crimes and violating human rights in the region and beyond.
Giving Iran a seat is a big mistake and should not be repeated.
- Dalia Al-Aqidi is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy.
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