Iran Likely to Play Considerable Role in Rehabilitation of Stability in Iraq: Expert

Politics Materials 20 February 2008 12:33 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 February / corr Trend D.Khatinoglu / By Iran freezing activities of definite Iraqi forces under its influence, impedes Kurdish separators in the north of Iraq and activities of Al-Qaeda. It indicates the considerable role that it can play in providing security of this country.

The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadiinejat will pay a visit to Iraq on 2 March. During the visit the two countries will hold talks on the development of mutual political and economic relations and security of Iraq, IRNA news agency reported on 18 February.

In an interview for Al-Alam television channel last weekend Ali al-Dabbag, a spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, estimated the results of talks between the United States and Iran on the security of Iraq as positive and voiced hope that the talks would continue.

Mogtada al-Sadr, the chairman of Jameysh al-Mehti organization which is under Iran's influence, stopped its activities last year, stated that Iran plays considerable a role in the stability of Iraq. The cessation of activities of one of the most radical organization in Iraq by al-Sadr once more shows the United States Iran's considerable influence in the region. The United States, in reply, released five Iranian diplomats and several people under arrest in Iraq. So, it is understandable that an exchange of opinions on Iraq between the two countries is impossible.

Top level discussions and compromises contradict both countries' interests which are keen to avoid them. Controlling the forces of Iraq, Iran pressures the United States, whilst the United States pressures Iran through imposing sanctions.

Iran for the fourth time refused to discuss the Iraqi issue with the United States. Khushiyar Zibari, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, announced on 15 February that Iran again passed upon negotiations. This step was made as a result of the murder of Imad Mugniya, a citizen of Lebanon, a country which is an ally to Iran, during a terrorist attack in Syria and was estimated as a 'success' by US officials. Due to the mourning of the Hezbollah organization, Iran regarded talks with the United States as unacceptable. The next talks were to be held between experts, but not officials of the two countries.

During the Iranian President's visit to Iraq, discussions will not concern disputes between the governments of Baghdad and Tehran, Iraq's refusal to contribute to Iran on the basis of Resolution 598 of the UN Security Council (1988), disputes in connection with an agreement signed between the two countries in 1975, an agreement with Algeria and others Talks will focus on Iran's role in providing security of Iraq.