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Iran’s Quds Force head meets Muqtada Al-Sadr in Iraq

February 9, 2022 at 9:04 am

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr holds a press conference in Najaf, Iraq on 18 November 2021. [Karar Essa – Anadolu Agency]

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force Commander, Brigadier General Ismail Qaani held a meeting with Iraq’s influential cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr in the city of Najaf, south of Iraq, yesterday.

Al-Sadr’s media office made the announcement in a statement but gave no further details about the content of the meeting.

Qaani arrived in Iraq on Saturday, on an unannounced visit, and held meetings with the coordination framework blocs, a consortium of Iraqi Shia political forces, without making any comment on the outcomes of the meetings, local media outlets reported.

On Sunday, the Supreme Federal Court issued a decision to “temporarily” suspend the presidential candidacy of Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish candidate for the post.

This move led to major parties, including the Sadrist movement, boycotting the Iraqi parliament’s session on Monday to vote on a new president. The Iraqi parliament later announced that the session to vote on a new president had been postponed due to lack of quorum.

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