Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Iran and US

The tension between the United States and Iran heightened ever since President Donald Trump decided to pull out the United States from the nuclear deal made by Iran and the U.S. under the Obama administration. The tensions rose even more after the attack on oil tankers in the Gulf region as the U.S. deployed more than 1500 troops along with an aircraft carrier to the region as official Tehran has distanced itself from the attacks.

Due to recent happenings, Iraq offered to mediate between its two main allies, the U.S. and Iran, on Sunday.

According to the Associated Press, the Iraqi foreign minister, Mohammed al-Hakim, made the offer during a conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in Baghdad. Hakim also supported Iran in several positions.

“We are saying very clearly and honestly that we oppose the unilateral actions taken by the United States. We stand with the Islamic Republic of Iran in its position.’’

On the same press by the two Foreign Ministers, Zarif added that Iran would defend itself against war efforts.

“We will defend against any war efforts against Iran, whether it be an economic war or a military one, and we will face these efforts with strength.’’

Last Monday, the Iranian government came out with a statement in which they said that Iran has increased its capacity to produce enriched uranium.

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