Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said his country will continue to encourage dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with AP, released on Saturday, Kadhimi said it is in Baghdad’s interest to keep pushing for a rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh to ease regional tensions.
He added that Iraq intended to keep up its role hosting talks between the two Mideast neighbors.
“Iraq contributed to the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement, and several sessions held were successful and fruitful, and a great rapprochement took place,” he said.
Iraq has the deepest and strongest links to Iran of all the Arab countries. It has hosted around five rounds of direct talks between Iranian and Saudi officials in recent months.
“We have seen positive reactions to the role played by Iraq by the Iranian and Saudi sides and also at the level of regional and international leaders,” Kadhimi said.
Iran on Wednesday expressed hope for concrete results during the next round of talks with Saudi Arabia.
“We are trying to take a tangible step forward in the new round of negotiations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.
Kanaani described previous discussions as “promising and encouraging,” saying the two regional powers “moved forward” in the talks.
“Both sides have the motivation and desire to hold a new round of negotiations,” the spokesman said, predicting “political willpower” of Iran and Saudi Arabia would result in “better happenings”.