The Iraqi Parliament announced on April 17 that it had finished all preparations to host “the summit of parliaments of Iraq’s neighboring countries” in the capital of Baghdad on April 20.
Heads of the Syrian, Turkish, Iranian, Kuwaiti, Saudi and Jordanian Parliaments were invited to the summit which will be headed by Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, Mohamed al-Halbousi.
“The General Secretariat of the Council has completed all preparations for the convening of the Baghdad Summit, which includes the six neighboring countries, in addition to the Republic of Iraq,” Secretary General of the Council of Representatives Salah Al-Humiri reportedly said.
The summit will be a first time, when senior officials of these seven countries attend a joint meeting since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011.
Iraqi MP Iqbal Abdul Hussain said that economy and security in Iraq and the Middle East will be the main two topics that will be discussed during Baghdad summit.
“The conference will discuss the main issues that concern the interest of Iraq and neighboring countries, namely security … Economic and political cooperation between these countries,” Iqbal said, according to al-Quds al-Arabi.
Some other Iraqi sources claimed that the summit may be the beginning of a reconciliation between the six countries, epically between Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. A farfetched goal, according to local observers.