USA Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University Denise Natali“Whether Russia will reduce its political and military influence in Iraq or the Middle East in general, in the context of the occupation of Ukraine and the ongoing war, is not yet certain,” he said. said.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) organized the panel “Political Stability in Iraq: Risks, Threats and Opportunities”.
The panel moderated by ORSAM Iraq Coordinator Bilgay Duman, Natali, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director General for Relations with Iraq Anıl Bora İnan and former Iraqi Undersecretariat of National Security Nahrain Center Head Hamza Şerif attended as speakers.
in terms of the USA IraqPointing out that there are various opportunities and risks in Turkey, Natali said that the USA maintains its strategic alliance with the Iraqi government. Natali noted that the US’s foreign policy priorities in Iraq have not changed.
Referring to the various targets and assets of Iran, China and Russia in Iraq, Natali said, “In the context of the occupation of Ukraine and the ongoing war, it is not yet certain whether Russia will reduce its political and military influence in Iraq or the Middle East in general. ” used the phrase.
Natali stated that the “fragile structure and excessive fragmentation” are the reasons that threaten the Iraqi state, and that this fragmentation is among all groups.
“The Iraqi people want an inclusive state”
Anıl Bora İnan, on the other hand, pointed out that there are historical, cultural and social relations between Iraq and Turkey and said, “Turkey has historically supported the political unity and territorial integrity of Iraq, and stood against all interventions targeting Iraq.” said.
Inan said that during the protests that started in Iraq in 2019, the people showed that there were question marks about the system in the country. he said.
Noting that the security gaps caused by the political tensions in the country paved the way for terrorist organizations such as the PKK and DAESH, Inan said, “We support the appointment of an inclusive government with representative power in Iraq as soon as possible.” said.
Hamza Sharif also stated that Iraq has been adversely affected by the tensions in the region. “The war between Ukraine and Russia is an opportunity for Iraq in terms of energy supply,” Sharif said. also used the phrase.
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