Will Tehran’s Iraq Policy Change Under Rouhani?

In such circumstances, the Iraqi opposition parties — including both Shiites and Sunnis — must clarify a regional policy that includes Iraqi demands from the Iranian side and guarantees the protection of Iran's interests in Iraq. Iran feels it has the right to be concerned by its neighbor, which suffered from war for eight years.

Accordingly, the recent visit of Iraqi parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi to Iran, and his attendance at the funeral for Quds Force commander Qasem Suleimani's mother, comes in this context.

Thus, Iran must be convinced that its long-term interests lie in expanding its allies in Iraq and building a strategic relationship with Iraq as a country and political regime, not with specific parties whose failure is evident and which have lost their social presence.

Ali Mamouri is a columnist for Al-Monitor's Iran Pulse. He is a researcher and writer who specializes in religion. He is also a former teacher in Iranian universities and seminaries in Iran and Iraq.

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