Middle East 2007 - Iraq: The Regional Security Dimension | Summary and Q&A

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May 20, 2007
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Middle East 2007 - Iraq: The Regional Security Dimension

TL;DR

Neighbors' cooperation crucial for stability in Iraq, but interference must be avoided.

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Key Insights

  • ✌️ The stability of Iraq is crucial for the entire region, and all countries have a shared interest in supporting peace and unity.
  • ⛽ Interference from neighboring countries, such as Iran and Syria, hinders Iraq's progress and fuels tensions.
  • 🚱 Regional cooperation and non-interference are necessary for Iraq to achieve stability and economic development.

Questions & Answers

Q: Is Iran using the situation in Iraq to further its rivalry with the United States?

Dr. Larijani denies using Iraq as a battleground for Iran's rivalry with the U.S. He states that Iran's main objective is to help stabilize Iraq and promote peaceful coexistence.

Q: What does Iraq expect from its neighbors in terms of support?

Vice President Al-Hashemi emphasizes the need for non-interference and genuine efforts from neighboring countries to encourage Iraqis to reconcile their differences and work towards economic development.

Q: What does the United States want from Iran and Syria regarding cooperation in Iraq?

Senator Hatch and Senator Smith urge Iran and Syria to stop interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and work towards stability. They emphasize the need for good faith, respect, and adherence to international law from both countries.

Q: How dependent is Iraq on its neighbors' cooperation for success?

Deputy Prime Minister Saleh acknowledges the importance of regional cooperation and support for Iraq's stability. He emphasizes that Iraq's neighbors have a stake in the situation and their interference can either contribute to stability or fuel extremism.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The panel, consisting of senators, politicians, and officials, discuss the role of Iraq's neighbors in either supporting or hindering peace and security in the country.

  • Senator Hatch and Senator Smith emphasize the need for cooperation from Iran and Syria, urging them to stop interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and instead work towards stability.

  • Vice President Al-Hashemi highlights the importance of non-interference from all foreign entities and calls for regional cooperation to encourage Iraqis to reconcile their differences and focus on economic development.

  • Deputy Prime Minister Saleh emphasizes the need for a national pact and regional support to achieve stability in Iraq.

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