The parliamentary summit in Baghdad this weekend, which invited the delegations of all neighboring countries, highlights Iraq's continued push to become a bridge between different power brokers in the Middle East.
On Monday, Jordanian King Abdullah II visited Iraq for the first time in over a decade. The visit by the king of Jordan is the latest in a string of top-level diplomatic encounters in Iraq in recent weeks.The two countries share a 179-kilometer border, and Jordan is a major importer of Iraqi crude oil.
Iraqi researcher: The irrigation systems in Iraq are outdated and damaged and need to be fixed for the country's agriculture industry to flourish. Many marshlands and cultivable lands have already been lost due to poor irrigation.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) established by the Group of 7 (G7) in Paris in 1989 to monitor money laundering and terrorist financing worldwide, has removed Iraq from its country watchlist. This came after a visit from the FATF team to Iraq, who determined that Iraq is making sufficient progress and effort.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.