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Activists think bad intentions behind Iranian FM's visit to Iraq

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The Baghdad Post has recently shared a post asking the audience to guess the reason behind Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's visit to Iraq at such critical time for Tehran amid US sanctions imposed in late 2018 on Iran.

Hundreds of activists interacted with the post, indicating that Iraq's visit has increased the Iraqi street's discomfort over Iranian policy in Iraq for nearly 16 years.

"The purpose of the visit is a message to America that Iran is completely in control of Iraq in terms of economy and goods, and even the military aspects, as well as the political side," Mohamed al-Iraqi said.

"Zarif came to Baghdad to reconcile between the Shiite parties and militias, which are fighting with each other over Iraqi resources," Ali Yasser said.

Ali al-Nasseri said that Zarif's visit indicates that "no authority [in Iraq] is higher than the authority of al-faqih," referring to Tehran.

"The goal of the visit is to [loot] the wealth of the Iraqi people and to get rid of the American sanctions imposed on the mullahs," Tammam Maitham wrote.

Ashraf al-Rikani said that the purpose of the visit is to drive a wedge between the US and Iraq.

The real reason behind the Iranian foreign minister's visit to Iraq remains unknown. However, Iranian visits to Iraq have been seen suspicious, especially after US sanctions urged Iraq to curb relations with Tehran.

Two reasons are believed to be behind the Iranian Foreign Minister's visit to Iraq, including influencing the formation of the Iraqi government and circumventing the US sanctions.

Tehran is believed to be behind the delay of the completion of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's government, due to the insistence of its "allying parties and figures" to pass controversial Faleh al-Fayadh for the interior minister post in the new government.

Iraqi sources revealed that Iran has asked the Iraqi government not to announce the schedule of the visit of Zarif to Baghdad and Erbil at the head of a political and economic delegation that started on Sunday.

According to the sources, Tehran justified its request that its embassy in the Iraqi capital will take over the media minister's program, which angered parliamentary blocs and prompted it to consider the order as "Iranian tutelage."

Sources said that the Iranian embassy prepared a comprehensive program for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, including meetings with parliamentary blocs and IMIS figures before the official meetings with Abdul Mahdi, Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi and President Barham Salih, Saudi Okaz reported.

Zarif has planned to discuss political files, most notably the crisis to complete the formation of the new government and the Iraqi stance towards the US sanctions on Iran, the sources revealed.

 

Last Modified: Wednesday، 16 January 2019 12:43 AM
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