Iraq, Iran and Kadhimi’s palliatives | Khairallah Khairallah
The visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to Erbil appears to be a courageous step in the delicate circumstances that Iraq, one of the most important countries in the region, is currently going through.
This step proves that Kadhimi, although he leads an outgoing government, wants to be the prime minister of all of Iraq and of all Iraqis.
The most important aspect of the visit, which included a meeting with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, remains its timing.
This visit comes at a time when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are determined to continue their bombardments of the Kurdistan region in Iraq and the governorate of Erbil in particular, in order to cover the protests which rock the “Islamic Republic”. The current unrest in Iran is the most widespread since the creation of the “Islamic Republic” in 1979.
Kadhimi’s visit seems to indicate that there are internal Iraqi considerations apart from Iranian objectives. The visit reflects an Iraqi desire to settle the domestic situation away from the ambitions of the ‘Islamic Republic’, which sees Iraq as an asteroid revolving in Iran’s orbit…similar to Lebanon and North Yemen controlled by the Houthis and some parts of Syria, including Damascus, which are under the direct control of the “Revolutionary Guards” and loyal militias.
It remains to be seen whether Kadhimi will succeed in reaping the benefits for Iraq from his visit to Kurdistan and meeting Massoud Barzani. More pertinently, one wonders if he will be allowed to achieve such gains in the midst of an extremely complex and dangerous internal Iraqi situation?
The Iraqi Prime Minister‘s determination to go to Erbil despite everything is the expression of his vision of Iraqi interests as paramount. His vision is first of all that of Iraq, independently of any hostility towards Iran with all that that represents. For its part, Tehran is oblivious to the realities of Iraq, where the majority of citizens reject the idea of Iranian tutelage.