REUTERS/Ahmed Saad - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) welcomes his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, July 27, 2015.

Opinion

Can Iraq bring Iran and the GCC closer?

July 29, 2015, Luay Al-Khatteeb

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. Ibrahim Sharqieh 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.

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