First Published: 2017-10-23

Abadi, Sadr meet in Jordan
Iraqi PM, firebrand Shiite cleric hold talks in Jordan hours after US Secretary of State urges Iraq, Saudi Arabia to unite against Iran.
Middle East Online

Sadr (R) welcomes Abadi during a visit in the holy city of Najaf two years ago

AMMAN — Iraqi Prime Haider al-Abadi and firebrand Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have met in Jordan, just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iraq and Saudi Arabia to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness.

Saudi Arabia, leader of the region's camp of Sunni Muslim states that also includes Jordan, is concerned about the influence of its rival Iran in Iraq. Iran has backed Shiite militias fighting against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Late Sunday, the office of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he met with Jordan's Prince Ghazi in the kingdom. Al-Sadr has in the past called for Shiite militias in Iraq to disband.

Meanwhile, Jordan's King Abdullah II held talks late Sunday with Iraqi PM.

Abadi met with Tillerson earlier Sunday in Saudi Arabia.

 

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