As Iraqi PM balances ties with US, Iran and Arab states, Tehran weighs next move

Al-Monitor | Ali Mamouri: Although Iran supports Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, there are signs it has concerns about his rapprochement with the United States and the Arab world.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi traveled in June to Iran for his first trip outside of Iraq as the country’s leader, and was well received, including statements of support from Iranian officials.

His next trip abroad was to the United States on Aug. 19, followed by Jordan on Aug. 25, where he met with King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss economic cooperation and joint security efforts.

Here too, Kadhimi received praise for deepening ties with key allies and partners.

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