Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki spoke at his country's embassy in Iran yesterday, assuring Iran that Iraq has no plans to threaten the security of its neighbors.
Al-Maliki's visit to Iran is set to assuage Iranian fears that Iraq plans to enter into a long-term military arrangement with the US, which would result in permanent bases close to Iran's border. Al-Maliki reassured Iran that Iraq would never be used as a base for a US attack on Iran.
Iraq and the US accuse Iran of training and funding insurgents, and sabotaging Iraq's reconstruction efforts. Al-Maliki has set up an internal investigation to determine the extent of Iranian influence, and he may discuss the issue with Iranian officials.
As a result of the latest meeting, Iran has agreed to improve political, economic, and trade with Iraq, as well as help the electricity and services sectors in Iraq, according to Al-Maliki. Are you hopeful that a stable relationship between Iran and Iraq will spread overall stability in the region?