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Sadr's visit to Riyadh 'strategic mistake', Iranian newspaper claims

Sadr and the Saudi Crown Prince

State-run Iranian media outlets continue to attack Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr following his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.


The Financial Tribune quoted on Wednesday Iranian lawmaker Mohsen Kouhkan as saying that "pinning your hopes on al-Saud regime is a strategic mistake that very soon would make al-Sadr regretful."

Kouhkan noted that the meeting does not represent the view of Baghdad's government.

"Although Sadr has some seats in the [Iraqi] parliament, his approach does not necessarily reflect that of the Iraqi government," he further stated.

The Iranian newspaper also quoted lawmaker Jalil Rahimi as saying that the visit could indicate that Sadr is seeking to make up for the declining sway of his movement as Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS)'s   influence is on the rise.

Rahimi also claimed that Sadr knows that his group is no longer a leading force in Iraq and cannot afford to come under more pressure by the US and its allies.

"He decided to enter Riyadh's orbit because he wants to regain his past clout," he alleged.
On Saturday, It was reported that the Iraqi Ministry of Interior is investigating documented threats Sadr received after his recent visit to Riyadh.

Media outlets in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon have attacked Sadr, considering his visit a turning against Wilayat al-Faqih. The regime in Iran fears any rapprochement bids between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. 


As a heavyweight cleric, Sadr's visit to Saudi Arabia and the steps taken after that made the Iranians worried about the future of their stooges in Iraq, experts told the Baghdad Post.  

Last Modified: Wednesday، 09 August 2017 02:28 PM