Following the launch of a Katyusha rocket on Baghdad's Green Zone near the American embassy, Iraqi Politicians, clerics and militia chiefs say Iraq does not want a war between Tehran and Washington on its soil.
On Thursday 5th April, Saudi Arabia opened a new consulate in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Furthermore, the gulf nation announcing that their country will give $1 billion in loans for development projects throughout Iraq.
In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest ranking Shia religious leader in Iraq, told the Iranian head of state that he welcomes steps to strengthening Iraq’s relations with its neighbours if they are based on respect of sovereignty to no domestic interference.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.