Al-Kazemi to the United States: Towards the internationalization of the Iraqi crisis?

Al-Kazemi to the United States: Towards the internationalization of the Iraqi crisis?


Al-Kazemi to the United States - Towards the internationalization of the Iraqi crisisIraqi government sources in Baghdad said yesterday, Saturday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi intends to go to the United States at the end of this month, to participate in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly.

Al-Kazemi will also discuss there, according to the sources, a number of Iraqi files with US officials in particular, including the current political crisis, the file of the military presence of the coalition forces led by Washington in Iraq, and the war on terrorism. In addition to discussing economic files, Iraq’s mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Al-Kazemi’s endeavor to repeat the same mediation between Iran and other Arab countries in the region.

Al-Kazemi had visited Washington in July 2021, where he held the fourth and final round of strategic dialogue with US President Joe Biden, which ended with the announcement of the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq at the end of last year, according to the announcement of the Iraqi government at the time.

A visit to the impact of Iraqi political tension,
Al-Kazemi’s visit to America comes this time, in light of political and popular fears of a recurring armed clash between the supporters of the “Sadr movement” and the armed factions backed by Iran, after the end of the religious forty visit, in light of the continuing political tension between the “Sadr movement” And the “coordinating framework” that includes forces loyal to Tehran.

The “coordinating framework” intends to proceed with the formation of a new government, while the leader of the “Sadr movement” Muqtada al-Sadr insists on rejecting any government formed by the “framework” according to the logic of quotas, with anticipation for the possibility of al-Sadr’s supporters again taking to the street to prevent Parliament from holding any session It is intended to form a government.

The political crisis in Iraq will top Al-Kazemi’s discussions with world leaders

Files of Al-Kazemi’s visit to the United States
According to two officials in the Iraqi Council of Ministers who spoke to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Al-Kazemi will head at the head of a high-ranking ministerial delegation to New York, to participate in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly at the end of this month, where he will also hold several meetings with a number of leaders world, to discuss many political, security and economic issues.

And the two officials indicated that “the political crisis in the country will top Al-Kazemi’s discussions with the leaders of world countries, led by US President Joe Biden, in addition to the file of the war on ISIS, the American presence in Iraq within the international coalition led by the United States, and the work of the NATO military mission within the program.” The development of Iraq’s military capabilities, which the mission began last year.

And one of the officials confirmed that Al-Kazemi “will also present Iraq’s role in mediating between the Iranians and the Saudis, and the possibility that this would contribute to calming tension in the region, as well as Iraq’s pursuit of the same role between Iran and other Arab countries.” The other source indicated that Al-Kazemi will discuss the current political crisis in Iraq, after armed confrontations in the Green Zone and international concern about the possibility of its recurrence.

Concern in the Iraqi street is compounded by the continuation of the longest political crisis in the country since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, after militias and armed groups allied to Iran entered the crisis line, in alignment with the forces of the “coordinating framework” against the “Sadr movement.”

Fadel Mawat: Al-Kazemi is required to discuss the files that concern Iraq, which are economic and security, and not to address the political issue.

The “coordinating framework” rejects external interference, for
its part. The leader in the “coordinating framework” Fadel Mawat said, in an interview with “The New Arab,” that his alliance “strongly rejects any external interference by Washington or the West in the Iraqi internal affairs and in the current political crisis, Especially since any intervention of this kind will deepen the conflict and differences instead of resolving them.”

Mwat explained that Al-Kazemi “is required to discuss the files that concern Iraq; It is the economic and security, and not to address the political issue, this is a matter of the Iraqi political forces, and they are able to resolve this dispute according to dialogue and negotiation and the constitutional and legal frameworks.”

Mowat confirmed that Al-Kazemi “will inform the leaders of the political forces after his return, headed by the coordination framework, about the schedule of his visit to the United States, to find out the files he discussed there, and whether there is a tendency to conclude any new agreement, as he does not have any authority to conclude any international agreements as President A caretaker government, which is a government lacking in powers.”

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As for the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Mahdi Abdul Karim, he said in an interview with “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” that “Al-Kazemi’s heading to the United States at this time is a very important matter.” , especially in light of the political conflict that Iraq is witnessing, expecting that “the file of the political crisis will not be absent from the meetings that Al-Kazemi will hold with the leaders of world countries.”

Abdul Karim pointed out that “Iraq is an important element in the stability of the Middle East region and the world in general, and for this the international community will have an opinion and may intervene indirectly to solve the Iraqi political crisis, especially after this crisis has evolved into an armed clash.” Therefore, Al-Kazemi will certainly listen to the opinion of the international community on this crisis.”

Abdul Karim indicated that “until this hour, there are no real signs of resolving the crisis, and this matter may prompt the international community to intervene, and there will also be messages from international forces that Al-Kazemi will receive directly and will certainly convey them to the Iraqi parties. What is happening in Iraq is for fear of the dispute reaching the stage of civil strife.”

On the other hand, political analyst Maher Judeh said, in a telephone conversation with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that Al-Kazemi “will discuss the Iraqi political situation and the dispute and conflict between the blocs and parties, with the international community during his upcoming visit to the United States, especially since there are messages of international warning and concern that have arrived.” During the last period to many Iraqi political parties and even the government.”

And Judeh indicated that “the political crisis will top the files that the Prime Minister will discuss with the leaders of the countries with whom he will gather, led by Biden, and we also expect that Al-Kazemi will hear strongly worded warning messages about the evolution of the political conflict in Iraq to the use of violence and weapons.”

Maher Judeh: The internationalization of the Iraqi crisis is possible if the dispute continues and develops into the use of weapons again

And the political analyst warned that “the internationalization of the Iraqi crisis is possible if the dispute continues and develops into the use of weapons again, as happened previously in the Green Zone and Basra Governorate, and the issue of internationalization is the most prominent thing that world leaders will present to Al-Kazemi, as the international community will not remain idly by regarding what is happening.” in Iraq”.

The axes of the Iraqi crisis are currently summarized in the insistence of the “coordinating framework” forces on resuming parliament sessions and resuming its work in full. It also adheres to electing a president and a prime minister with full powers instead of the current caretaker government headed by Al-Kazemi, and then going towards amending the current election law.

On the other hand, the Sadrist movement rejects this and insists on dissolving parliament and holding early elections within 9 months. It also proposes amending paragraph 76 of the constitution regarding the major bloc that has the right to form a government.

He also raises another demand, which is the amendment of the Federal Court law to be more independent from the political parties that, since 2005, have actually chosen the 11 members of this court, using sectarian and partisan quotas. In addition, the Sadrist movement refuses to amend the electoral law.