Al-Kazemi’s opponents fear his return for a second term from the Jeddah gate

Al-Kazemi’s opponents fear his return for a second term from the Jeddah gate

7-17-2022

Al-Kazemis opponents fear his return for a second term from the Jeddah gateOver the past three decades, particularly since 1990 after its invasion of Kuwait, Iraq has lived in complete isolation from its Arab and regional as well as international systems. While it seemed that it would merge again with the Arab and international groups after 2003, the governments that took power over 17 years achieved only a limited penetration, for many reasons, foremost of which is the inability of the political class to separate foreign policy from the deep internal differences between parties, forces, and ethnic and sectarian components. .

Despite Iraq’s limited participation in some Arab and international conferences and the holding of an Arab summit in Baghdad (2012), the walls of isolation continued to govern this scene, which left many negative repercussions that withdrew on what Iraq suffered at the level of security and development.

But the current Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, succeeded in making Iraq an important regional and international player, despite the fact that his government is transitional and has one main task, which is to hold parliamentary elections, in addition to the lack of support for it by various forces and parties.

Al-Kazemi, who did not heed all the objections he faced from political forces and parties, who may need some of them to renew him for a second term, put Iraq’s interest above his personal interest. He is participating in the Jeddah Summit for Security and Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is the first international regional summit attended by Iraq as part of the decision-making process.

Al-Kazemi’s participation in the summit, according to what he himself confirmed in his press conference on his way to Jeddah, comes from the premise of the important and positive role that Iraq has played in the affairs of the region through conducting dialogues with the most important countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, Egypt, Iran, Jordan and Iraq, as well as transmitting messages between the Americans and the Iranians.

Al-Kazemi’s advisor, Dr. Hussein Allawi, told Asharq Al-Awsat that “the participation of the Prime Minister in the Jeddah summit is important and effective, and aims to develop the joint regional policy, achieve future partnership in facing economic, climate and health challenges, and build a system of joint regional cooperation based on the advantages of strength for countries.” Region”.

He added that “this is what makes the theory of regional security based on the agenda of the economy, joint cooperation in the field of energy, electricity, technology, investments in the field of infrastructure, facing new challenges in health, environment, education, confronting the dangers of terrorism and the advanced threats of terrorist groups.” He explained that “developing Iraq’s capabilities is very important for positive interaction and joining with the countries of the region towards building common regional policies.”

Allawi pointed out that Al-Kazemi “succeeded in convincing the Iraqi political forces of the need to support the government’s foreign policy based on openness and positive neutrality, and zeroing in on problems with the countries of the region.”

As for the professor of international media at the Iraqi University, Dr. Fadel Al-Badrany, he confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that “Iraq’s participation in the Jeddah Summit Conference in fact reflects its great weight on the Arab and international levels in terms of the multiple huge wealth it possesses and being one of the most important sources of energy globally. In addition to its strategic location, Arab weight and geopolitical influence.

Al-Badrany added that “Iraq’s presence gives the conference a positive importance as it is the engine of the region’s situation, and therefore when Iraq occupies its leading position, this matter is reflected positively on everyone, as it represents the fire extinguisher in the region.” He pointed out that “the West and the Arabs have realized precisely that peace stems from Iraq, just as the region was inflamed when its national security was disrupted in 2003.”

He explained that «Iraq will have an important role in building peace and will improve its economic situation, and thus revive the reality of services for the citizen».

On the criticism and objections that Al-Kazemi faced due to his participation in this summit, Al-Badrany said that “some of the political spectrum fear that Iraq will approach the Arab and international systems, and of course this feeling is governed by fears for the interests of some partisan forces that may think that their interests are harmed.” Also, some regional countries are sensitive to the Iraqi participation and do not want Iraq to occupy its active position and role, but it is clear that today’s winds differ from those of yesterday and the international changes will contribute to changing the reality of countries, including Iraq.”

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Dr. Ihsan Al-Shammari, head of the Center for Political Thinking in Iraq, believes that “the Iraqi role in the Jeddah summit is very important. On the one hand, it is a country that has gained space at the level of drawing up foreign policy, and this is evidenced, for example, by the successful mediation it conducted between Saudi Arabia and Iran.” Al-Shammari added that «Iraq has gained great confidence in the effective balance and not the hesitant subordinate, which made it one of the countries that can be dealt with at all levels, including cooperation between Baghdad, Amman and Cairo. In addition to the distinguished relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in general, which made his role complementary at the Jeddah Summit.”

Al-Shammari explained that “Iraq wants to interact with the nature of the approach that the United States will propose, especially the American turn towards the Arab Gulf region, where it is important for Iraq to have an important presence there.” He pointed out that «Iraq has now begun steps towards guarantor diplomacy, where its relations are a guarantor of its interests. It deals with global pivot countries such as the United States, and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and the countries participating in the Jeddah Summit.”

He pointed out that “through its quest for integration, Iraq will have positive repercussions at the country level.”

In response to a question about the internal debate about this participation, Al-Shammari believes that “this controversy is in fact the controversy of political rivalry with the government and the debate of loyalty to the outside, as there are Iraqi parties who want Iraq to continue as a vassal state, and therefore they reject any Iraqi rapprochement with any regime. Arab or regional ones because it contradicts their agendas and interests.”

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