REUTERS/Ahmed Saad - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) welcomes his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, July 27, 2015.
Can Iraq bring Iran and the GCC closer?
July 29, 2015,
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent visit to Najaf in Iraq and his press conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, in Baghdad sends several important signals—all centering on increasing regional security in the Middle East. Luay al-Khatteeb examines the implications of the visit and how the Iran nuclear deal may create a paradigm shift in the perception and substance of Iranian and Arab relations to resolve regional conflicts that threaten not only the Arabian Peninsula but global security as a whole.