quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mona Alami
on Iraq’s position regarding raised tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran:
The Iraqi government is trying to walk a middle line between Iran and the Sunni-ruled Arab countries in order to keep momentum against Islamic State, said Mona Alami, a Beirut-based analyst at the Atlantic Council think-tank. “There is much more at stake than just bilateral Saudi-Iranian relations”. “Whether you approve or not of the decision is a separate issue”, Erdogan said in a televised speech, his first reaction to the controversy which has raised tensions betweenSaudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran.