Turkish parliament speaker to visit Iraq today

Senior MP in Baghdad summit blasts US regional policies

Senior MP in Baghdad summit blasts US regional policies

The visiting legislators also voiced support for Iraq's stability following the military defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq, a statement said.

Iraq has always been at the centre of a struggle for influence between regional and worldwide powers, notably neighbouring Iran and the United States.

During the conference - which saw the participation of heads of parliaments of Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Iran - the speaker highlighted the importance of consolidating the relationships between Iraq's neighbouring countries, noting that these countries "share the same destiny".

"Iraq, proud, prideful and victorious over terrorism, is honored by the presence of its neighbors in Baghdad", he added.

Mustafa Sentop, the speaker of the Turkish parliament, will participate in a summit of parliaments of Iraq's neighboring countries in Baghdad, local media reported, citing the Turkish parliament's press service. Iran is being represented by lawmaker Alauddin Boroujerdi.

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On Saturday, Turkey's parliament speaker will visit Iraq to join a summit of legislative chiefs in Baghdad, according to a statement from Turkey's parliament on Friday.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz held talks with Abdul Mahdi on Wednesday upon his arrival in Riyadh on an official visit.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has attempted to enhance his country's role as a regional mediator by bringing together archrivals Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and Iran severed diplomatic ties with one another in 2016 and are locked in proxy wars across the region.

Abdul Mahdi made visits in quick succession to Iran and Saudi Arabia earlier this year, emphasising that Iraq would not favour one or the other in the rivalry between them.

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