World Iran and Saudi Arabia started secret talks in Baghdad

13:55  19 april  2021
13:55  19 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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C'est à Badgad, la capitale irakienne, que se tiennent actuellement des pourparlers secrets entre l'Iran et l'Arabie saoudite (image d'illustration). © AFP - Ahmad al-Rubaye is in Badgad, the Iraqi capital, which are currently held secret talks between Iran and the Saudi Arabia (image of illustration).

Five years after the breakdown of their diplomatic ties, talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran take place in the biggest secret in Baghdad. They focus on several major files, mainly on the war in Yemen. Officially, Iraq and Iran did not wish to comment and Saudi Arabia denied such discussions.

With our correspondent in Baghdad, Lucile Wassermann

revealed by the Financial Times , the information concerning the holding of secret talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Baghdad could be confirmed by RFI. Such discussions had not occurred since 2016. According to Iraqi and diplomatic sources, Iran and Saudi Arabia speak directly to Baghdad since the beginning of the month.

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The respective delegations are very small, discretion obliges, but represent the highest spheres of the two states. In the center of these talks, we find the question of Yemen, wherein the two great enemies have been opposed by proxy since 2015. Another file concerns directly Baghdad, the investment in Iraq. Saudi Arabia seems less and less cool to engage in the Iraqi market, mainly occupied today by Iranian and Turkish products.

These discussions intervene while the Iraqi Prime Minister was visiting Riyadh at the beginning of the month to meet the Prince Heir,

Mohammed Ben Salman , with whom he maintained very good reports. Iraq also plays in this role as mediator, at a time when the Government Kadhimi tries to redesign forces relations on its territory, where the influence of Iran is increasingly criticized. For the time being, the discussions were not formalized or even denied by Saudi Arabia. They have not resulted in any progress, but are still in progress, according to a source close to the file.

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