Amid rapidly escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Iraq also needs to maintain a delicate balance with the two as Baghdad has strong ties with both countries. Iraq needs much help and investment to rebuild its cities — something it can only get from oil- and gas-rich Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. He said Iraq, however, was also keen on good relations with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other regional countries. On Tuesday, Abdul-Mahdi announced he will soon be visiting Saudi Arabia to sign several agreements. Watheq al-Hashemi, an Iraqi political analyst, said it's an opportunity for Iraq to again become an important regional player.
Source: ABC News April 15, 2019 06:10 UTC