Arab newspapers were interested in the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, which was held in the Iraqi capital yesterday, Saturday, in the presence of a number of leaders of regional countries, in addition to delegations from Western countries.
A number of commentators discussed the presence of Saudi Arabia and Iran for the conference, and the possibility of Iraq by means of the current tensions between the two countries.
The London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper says: “The Saudi and Iranian presence, through their foreign ministers, Faisal bin Farhan and Hussein Amir Abdullahian, also indicated an increasing desire on both sides to find lines to meet, and Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein indicated that the Saudi-Iranian meetings are continuing and that they have begun.” From Baghdad, a meeting took place between the ruler of Dubai and the Iranian foreign minister.
The newspaper adds: “Baghdad’s success in holding the conference, in rotating the corners between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and sponsoring the meeting of the Emir of Qatar with Sisi and bin Rashid, was accompanied by ignoring outstanding issues, such as the issue of Tehran’s sensitive relationship with Baghdad, as well as the issue of not using Iraq as a launching pad to launch attacks on neighboring countries.”
In the London-based Al-Arab newspaper, Farouk Yousef said: “It was clear in the Iraqi political language that the Iranian-Saudi dispute was the basis of the Iraqi knot. This is a logic that does not equate with the fact that Iranian hegemony over Iraq has nothing to do with that dispute.”
Youssef added: “If Iran has armed militias to represent it in Iraq, Saudi Arabia is only thinking of restoring Iraq to its Arab surroundings. For this, it is ready to provide all kinds of support for the establishment of an independent Iraqi government in its political decision, keen on the principle of sovereignty.” National”.
Abdel Bari Atwan believes in the London-based Rai Al-Youm newspaper that the summit “has turned into a platform to confirm Arab reconciliations, especially between Qatar on the one hand, and Egypt and the UAE on the other hand, and to renew opportunities for Saudi-Iranian dialogue, and it seems that the main purpose of this summit is to provide this festival.” to achieve these direct meetings between the feuding Arab leaders on neutral territory.
Under the title “The Neighborhood Summit to Support Iraq and Test Iran”, Abdulwahab Badrakhan said in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan that the conference was “an opportunity for Iran to present a new vision about its role in Iraq and the relations that President Raisi reiterated that he wants to improve with neighboring countries. Therefore, Iraq remains a laboratory for measuring the behavior of Iran, as it is preoccupied with how to fill the American vacuum, and therefore did not show at the Baghdad summit any readiness for dialogue regarding regional stability.”
Returning Iraq to Iraq
Under the title “When Iraq Returns”, Ghassan Charbel, editor-in-chief of the London-based Middle East, says that “Iraq, which hosted the Cooperation and Partnership Summit two days ago, is certainly different from Iraq, which hosted the Arab Summit in 2012. Many things have changed in and around Iraq and in the international scene as well. But the most prominent What has changed in Baghdad is the launch of a calm and bold process aimed at returning Iraq to Iraq.”
The writer adds, “The return of Iraq is a right for its children and a gain for its nation. Two decades ago, Baghdad was the beginning of a cycle of collapse. Al-Araby hopes that the return of Iraq will be the beginning of different days in neighboring countries and beyond. It is certain that Iraq’s return to its role restores a measure of the balance that was disrupted in its absence.” .
In the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustour, Hamada Pharaan says: “Even if the Baghdad conference is limited to solidarity with Iraq, it is beneficial for the Iraqi people who have suffered the scourge of war, occupation, interference and terrorism, and the consequences and effects of that are still visible in the details of Iraqis’ lives and their diaries, and their unbridled aspirations for security and stability. independence and dignity.
In the Emirati newspaper, Al-Bayan, Mona Bousmara says: “The UAE views this summit, which brought together the leaders of Iraq’s neighboring countries, as a very important step on the path of Iraq’s return to its natural role in its surroundings, but more than that, it is a qualitative initiative to strengthen the foundations of cooperation and partnership in the region. And collective work for security, stability, development and common prosperity, which is the core of the UAE policy.