With the growing political impasse in Iraq, Ammar bin Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, the leader of the Wisdom Movement and one of the poles of the coordination framework of the five main Shiite forces, traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to request the mediation of Saudi diplomacy, which has been seeking for years to restore Iraq to its Arab depth.
At the beginning of his visit, Al-Hakim met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he tweeted on his account on Twitter: "In the meeting, we emphasized the close historical relations between the two brotherly peoples and ways to strengthen and document them, and the importance of integration between the two brotherly countries and its positive repercussions on the various sectors of cultural, economic and scientific cooperation, Especially since the two countries represent a regional and international economic weight.
Regarding the Iraqi crisis, Al-Hakim mentioned in his tweets that the two sides stressed that the solutions must remain Iraqi without any external pressures, while political observers who spoke to Al-Jazeera believe that the Saudi-Gulf movement regarding the treatment of Baghdad forests seems more effective than ever. The history of Iraq's recent successive catastrophes has passed since the late 1990s.
On the regional issue, Al-Hakim said that we stressed the need to establish the armistice in Yemen and to put final solutions to the crisis, noting that they discussed the importance of stability on both sides of the Gulf and the positive Iraqi role in mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and its repercussions on the peoples of the region.
Al-Hakim said in his tweets that the meeting emphasized the importance of coming out with satisfactory decisions for the Arab masses from the upcoming summit in Algeria, confirming the centrality of the Palestinian cause and the importance of its remaining a symbol of the unification of the Arab peoples.
The importance of the visit comes after Al-Hakim attended on Wednesday a conference of the Iraqi political forces on the crisis that Iraq is currently witnessing, but it is not announced whether this visit relates to discussions about the crisis of forming the government in Iraq.
Al-Hakim said that the two sides stressed that solutions to the Iraqi political crisis must remain Iraqi without any external pressures (Reuters)
The importance of the Saudi role
For his part, political analyst Dr. Muhammad Al-Harbi says, "The visit of Mr. Ammar Al-Hakim at this time is nothing but an extension of previous visits that started since 2017, when it was preceded by visits from Mr. Muqtada Al-Sadr until the recent visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi."
Al-Harbi pointed out that this timing is very important in that Saudi Arabia represents a strategic center of gravity and a axis of balance to find solutions to the Iraqi crises that have spanned since 2003, and is mainly working to return Iraq to its strategic depth because of its paramount importance in the northern axis, not only to the Arab Gulf states, but for the entire Arab nation.
He continued, "We noticed that the timing came after the national dialogue meeting yesterday, which did not show any tangible results in finding solutions at the level of the political blocs and their allies, and I expect that he may seek to request Saudi mediation between the Sadrist movement and the coordination framework to find lasting solutions and understandings."
Al-Harbi stated, "Saudi Arabia is aware that Iraq is the key to solutions to crises in the Middle East, and it does not deal with Iraq except as a single geographical bloc and does not target the poles or axes in Iraq. And that the Kingdom can play the role of a balanced mediator between the poles and the Iraqi axes to find sustainable solutions." ".
He added, "The successive Iraqi crises show the interest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Iraqi file, as the Kingdom has presented several special tracks in the development and economic path, including opening the crossings, restoring air traffic between the two countries, and the project of electrical linkage between Riyadh and Baghdad, in In return, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi enjoys the confidence of the international community, so the region is looking forward to a more Iraqi future that erases the disappointments of the past two decades.
In turn, the former advisor at the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Salem Al-Yami, said that "it is remarkable that Mr. Ammar Al-Hakim went to Saudi Arabia in a number of pressing Iraqi, Arab and regional circumstances, but the man, in most estimates, weighed his compass well because he knows as an Iraqi political and religious front that what he is looking for will only find him." In Riyadh".
Al-Yami believes that Al-Hakim is looking, in brief, for balanced and rational support from his Arab surroundings and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in particular “to try to correct the mistakes of the past in Iraq and move with the help, support and good mediation of the Arab brothers, from the Iraq of the sect to the Iraq of the state of citizenship that the Iraqi person lost until it almost evaporated between the influence of the region.” and the absence of a local political vision.