Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims march during a parade marking the annual al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Baghdad, Iraq May 31, 2019.
(photo credit: REUTERS/THAIER AL-SUDANI)
Iraq will not be partaking in the Bahrain summit in which the United States is set to release the economic part of its peace plan, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman told Al-Miyadin.
The news comes just one day after Jordan, Egypt and Morocco announced that they will join Saudi Arabia and Gulf States at the summit on June 25-26 aimed at supporting the Palestinian economy.
The meeting has been boycotted by the Palestinian Authority because it is thought to form the foundation for the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century.”
On Wednesday, the Palestinians put pressure on Jordan and Egypt not to attend the event.
Palestinian officials renewed their call to all Arabs to follow suit with the Palestinians and boycott the conference.
“Of course we’re disappointed,” said a senior Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah. “Arab participation in the conference would be a severe blow to all Palestinians.”
Although Iran has harshly opposed Bahrain hosting the event, accusing Saudi Arabia and Bahrain of being traitors involved in a US “plot,” Riyadh’s stature has added legitimacy to the event.
The summit comes in the wake of three successful summits in Mecca in late May that paid some lip service to supporting the Palestinians, but also dovetailed with Washington’s line on Iranian threats.Seth J. Frantzman and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.
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