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Iraq says mediating between Egypt, Jordan, Iran

Foreign Minister of Iraq Fuad Hussein in Baghdad, Iraq on December 07, 2021. [Wisam Zeyad Mohammed - Anadolu Agency]
Foreign Minister of Iraq Fuad Hussein in Baghdad, Iraq on 7 December 2021 [Wisam Zeyad Mohammed - Anadolu Agency]

Iraq is hosting mediation talks between Egypt, Jordan and Iran, Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, said on Thursday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The top diplomat made the revelation during an interview with the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya television, without giving any further details.

There was no comment from both Cairo and Amman on the report.

Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Abdollahian, said improving relations between Tehran and Cairo serves the interest of the region and the world.

Diplomatic representation between Egypt and Iran is at the level of interest section office since the two countries severed their relations following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iraq has hosted several rounds of mediation talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran, in an effort to ease tension between the two regional arch-foes.

READ: Iraq: prime minister shuttles between Riyadh and Tehran

During the interview, Hossein called for turning the talks between Tehran and Riyadh into a "declared dialogue".

Iran and Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations in January 2016, following an attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran after Shia cleric, Nimr Al-Nimr, was executed by Saudi authorities.

The relationship between the two rivals deteriorated further after Iran, in September 2016, accused Riyadh of deliberately causing the death of around 400 Iranian pilgrims in a 2015 stampede in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

The two sides have since been engaged in a strong regional rivalry, often accusing each other of waging a proxy war for regional influence.

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