Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Reform and Reconstruction
Alliance, said that Iraq would be the first to be affected among the countries
of the region in case tensions escalated between the United States and Iran and
if a war broke out.
During his meeting with a delegation of the political body of the Sadrist Movement, the two sides discussed the developments in political affairs in Iraq and the region, and the American-Iranian escalation, and the role of political forces towards this escalation.
Hakim stressed that Iraq is exerting efforts to contribute to ease the escalation of US-Iranian conflict, a statement by his office said.
He also called for working hard to prevent the war, and take the necessary steps to protect Iraq from the complications of this escalation.
Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi announced on Tuesday Iraq's intention to send delegations to Tehran and Washington to help stop the escalation and end the conflict between the two states.
Iraq will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help "halt tension" amid fears of a confrontation between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, Abd al-Mahdi said.
He said there were no Iraqi groups that wanted to push towards a war, two days after a rocket fired in Baghdad landed close to the US Embassy, the latest in a series of regional attacks the United States believes may have been inspired by Iran.
Tensions have escalated recently between the US and Iran with increasing concerns about a potential US-Iran war. Earlier, the US pulled some diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad following weekend attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf, Reuters reported.
Iraq as mediator
Iraqi MP Aras Habib questioned the ability of Iraq to
play the role of the mediator between the parties, noting that Iraq will be the
first to be harmed if any future conflict takes place in the region.
Habib expected the US-Iranian crisis to continue to escalate for a while without a direct confrontation due to the danger it poses on their interests in the region and the world, adding that it would be difficult for Iraq to play the role of mediator between the two countries.
"The positions and statements exchanged between the two parties are what each of them tries to [use] to exploit the regional and international situation to his advantage by mobilizing support…" Habib said in press remarks.