Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

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Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meeting at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, center, and Iraq Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, second left, wave as they arrive for the opening ceremony of a Saudi Arabia consulate in Baghdad, Iraq. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to the Iraqi capital, points to a new era of openness as the nation sheds its war image. Iraq needs much help and investment to rebuild its cities -- something it can only get from oil- and gas-rich Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, April, 6, 2019 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, speaks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, in Tehran, Iran. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)
FILE -- In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning to live in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to the Iraqi capital, points to a new era of openness as the nation sheds its war image and re-engages with the world. Iraq needs much help and investment to rebuild its cities -- something it can only get from oil- and gas-rich Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool, File)

Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meeting at Salam Palace in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, center, and Iraq Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim, second left, wave as they arrive for the opening ceremony of a Saudi Arabia consulate in Baghdad, Iraq. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to the Iraqi capital, points to a new era of openness as the nation sheds its war image. Iraq needs much help and investment to rebuild its cities -- something it can only get from oil- and gas-rich Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, April, 6, 2019 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, speaks with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, in Tehran, Iran. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)
FILE -- In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning to live in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to the Iraqi capital, points to a new era of openness as the nation sheds its war image and re-engages with the world. Iraq needs much help and investment to rebuild its cities -- something it can only get from oil- and gas-rich Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict. It is focusing on a centrist policy and its top leaders are determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool, File)
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