Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Factors that brought al-Jubeir to Iraq\ Riyadh is trying to get out of isolation

 

Rai al-Youm, an Arab world digital news website, has investigated the reasons of Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir’s unexpected visit to Iraq and his meeting with Iraqi officials.

“Given that Iraq is the shortest and widest channel to reach out to Tehran, it could be an interpretation for Saudi Foreign Minister’s unexpected visit to Iraq and his meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and Iraqi President Fuad Masum. Adel al-Jubeir stressed on starting a new era in the relations between the two countries, and supporting the reconstruction project of liberated occupied territories in Mosul from ISIS and etc,” Rai al-Youm wrote.

“The ties between the two countries were tense and even was cut off. The peak of that was provocative and sectarian tweets from Thamer Sabhan, the first Saudi ambassador to Baghdad. It led Saudi Arabia cut its ties with Iraq for years. Saudi Arabia was forced to announce him persona non grata by Iraqi Foreign Ministry and replace him to save his life after receiving threats. So the trip was unexpected,” Rai al-Youm added.

The Arab world digital news website presented several reasons for changing Saudi Arabia’s debatable stance toward Iraq:

First: Unity of the Iraqi authorities in the fight against terrorism, recapturing many occupied towns and cities by the Islamic State and significant progress in the liberalization of Mosul

Second: Iraqi fighters expanded their operational scope backed by Iran, Syria and the US. They bombarded ISIS positions at the border town of Bukamal. This means regional and international powers agreed on the role of the Iraqi government in Syria. Iraqi army will kick off Al Rigga liberation operations after liberating Mosul.

Third: fighters affiliated to the Islamic State attacked Trebil center located on the borders of Iraq and Jordan, and killed many militants. This center is close to the Saudi border. There has also been some reports on ISIS’ activity in Al Anbar, near the northern regions of Saudi Arabia.

Fourth: Saudi officials realized that the isolation policy and engaging in tribal conflicts with neighboring countries, is very dangerous and they should be flexible and supple. Saudi Arabia’s ties with Syria is cold, it is at war in Yemen, its ties with Iran is tense and its relation with Iraq has been almost cut.

Fifth: Saudi Arabia has found out Iraq and Iran will play an important role in the region in the near future especially in resolving the Syrian crisis. Saudi Arabia well knows the dialogue with Iran is the only way to get out of Yemen swamp. Iraq is the best mediator in the field.

Rai al-Youm wrote: “to summarize, Jubeir’s surprise visit to Baghdad shows Saudi Arabia changes its policy and puts its efforts to break its regional isolation. Perhaps it admits that it failed in the country’s stressful policies by sectarian that has been pursued by Saudi Arabia over the years. In this regard, Jubeir’s trip to Baghdad has been the first visit by a senior Saudi official since 2003.”

“The trip indicates that the Riyadh government finally become rational. And now they tends to be more flexible, avoid stress and conflict and the necessity to back to the moral and political criteria,” the Arabic website added.



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