MP Mokhtar al-Mousawi, member of the Iraqi parliament’s foreign relations committee, has said that Iraq played pivotal role in the region, indicating that organizing the international conferences serves the country’s stance and reputation.
Iraq has attempted to balance relations with Iran and the United States, which considers Tehran a supporter of “malign” activities in the Middle East.
Washington, which provides Baghdad with financial and military support, has imposed financial sanctions on Iran, although it has given Baghdad waivers to continue to do business with Tehran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has attempted to enhance his country’s role as a regional mediator by bringing together archrivals Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia.
Abdul-Mahdi recently visited the two countries that have long battled for influence in the Middle East.
Many of Iraq's leaders, from its Shi'ite majority, have close ties with Iran, the main Shi'ite power in the Middle East.
Iraqi government forces, supported by U.S. air power, drove ISIS fighters from nearly all of the territory that extremists captured in 2014.