Sadrist Movement’s leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s visit to Egypt comes in a critical time in the Middle East, as many observers consider this visit to be the most important political Arab event in this period.
This visit also comes after two visits by Sadr to UAE and Saudi Arabia that was his first in 11 years.
The visit is part of Sadr’s efforts to keep a balance in his relations with neighboring countries in a bid to ease sectarian tensions in Iraq and strengthen his position as an Iraqi leader.
These visits sparked controversy in Iraq, as these visits broke Iran’s Mullah monopoly over Iraq’s political scene.
But the significance of Sadr’s recent visits lies in the fact that he is a religious and political leader from a prominent Hawza-affiliated family.
What makes the visit even more paramount is the shift in Sadr’s approach to the domestic events and regional orientations of Saudi Arabia.
The official invitation to visit Egypt that Sadr received is considered a historical one that will change the course of the political scene in the Middle East, as Egypt is holding a strategic value in the region, according to analysts.
Egypt also plays a major role with Saudi Arabia to decrease Iran’s Mullah regime’s influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon.
Sadr will also meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to discuss means of coordinating efforts in the fields of security, intelligence, diplomacy and politics in order to return Iraq back to the Arab world.
Dismantling Iran-Qatar Alliance
Sadr’s visit to Egypt also aims to dismantle the Iranian-Qatari alliance that brought instability to the region as he has said earlier that Iranian expansion in Iraq is not acceptable anymore.
Sadr added that he agreed with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi List, Sunni and Kurdish figures on denouncing Iran agenda in Iraq.
Sadr also hailed the conformity between Iraqi and Saudi visions expressed during his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah in late July.
Al-Sadr commended the Saudi role in the region, adding it serves as a “father figure” to bring peace to the region.
During his meeting with bin Zayed, Sadr stressed the importance of Iraq’s stability and prosperity and the aspiration to play its natural role on the Arab arena, thus enhancing the security and stability of the Arab world.
“The experience taught us to always call for what Arabs and Muslims bring us together and to reject the advocates of division,” he said.
“The UAE has historically extended its hand to the brotherly Iraqi people,” he added.
Mullah’s last breath
As a result of Sadr and other Iraqi leaders’ return to their Arab roots, Mullah regime, via its Qatari media channel Al Jazeera, tried to defame Saudi Arabia and its allies through a new propaganda campaign, which was quickly exposed by the Chairman of The Baghdad Post, Sufian Samarai, who quoted official sources, who denied claims saying that Saudi Arabia had urged Iraq to mediate between Riyadh and Tehran, to solve the dispute between the two countries.
On his official account on Twitter, Iraqi well-known media figure added that the Qatari and Iranian media are the ones spreading such groundless news.
هذه كذبة قطرية بأوامر من حمد أل ثاني شخصيا لقناة #الجزيرة .
The sources said that the Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani had ordered Al Jazeera TV channel to spread news claiming that Saudi Arabia aims at reaching an agreement with Iran.
The Qatari channel had launched a war against all Gulf states in order to divide the Arab world. A number of Iraqi media outlets, backed by Mullah’s regime, are expected to support Al Jazeera TV channel in its war against Gulf countries especially Saudi Arabia that is currently leading the Arab-coalition that is working on to reinstall the legitimate Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
الأرهابي حمد أل ثاني يصدر أوامر الى قناة #الجزيرة الإجرامية بشن أقوى حملة ضد دول الخليج العربي أبتداء من أمس لشق الصف العربي الأسلامي.
Meanwhile, he also underlined that Sadrist Movement Leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s expected visit to Cairo does not aim at reaching an agreement with Iran. Samarai pointed out that Sadr is completely against Iran and its militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) and is always exposing their intervention and crimes committed inside Iraq and other countries in the region.