The Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership is being hailed as a stepping stone for a new regional dialogue. Boasting a high caliber international attendance and with participation from major regional figures, many have high hopes that this summit would put Iraq back en route to sustained stability.
According to Reuters, many Arab heads of state and international figures participated in the historic summit held on August 28th, 2021. Some of the most notable leaders participating are: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Qatar’s Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Jordan’s King Abdallah, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
To add to the gravity and importance of the meeting, Iranian and Saudi Arabian officials held an official meeting in Baghdad, which is a rarity and an affirmation of Iraq’s efforts to help stabilize the Middle East. President Macron hailed the summit as a win for Iraq, and a revival for its underrated role as a formidable and mediator in the region.
The summit further affirmed the Arab world’s faith in Iraq and the hopes in its recovery. Meetings are expected to include discussions on the pending water crisis in the region, the Lebanese economic collapse, and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen brought about by the civil war.
Talks are expected to resume after the summit with a renewed faith in strong Arab collaboration.