Who is behind the cancellation of Diab’s visit to Iraq?


Al-Akhbar wrote: Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab was supposed to visit Iraq after less than 10 days to sign a preliminary agreement to obtain oil, before the walls of the blockade were lifted against Lebanon. Iraq canceled the visit, after receiving pressure to do so from the same team that obstructed the formation of a government in which a place would be reserved for Hezbollah and a fair share for the presidency team.

Diplomatic sources told Al-Akhbar that the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, was subject to pressure from two parties to cancel Diab’s visit, namely Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, each of them for their own reasons. On the Saudi side, apart from the overt positions that revolve around helping Lebanon and “hoping” to quickly form a government and “reform” the internal situation, the Kingdom does not want any change in the domestic scene.
As for Saad Hariri, who is also obstructing the initiatives to form the government, he does not want Diab to “pick” any positive point. So he asked Al-Kazemi not to receive Diab, as confirmed by diplomatic sources. Just as Riyadh pressured the Iraqi prime minister to freeze the signing of the agreement with Lebanon, and to receive his prime minister.


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