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Iraqi Kurdistan

Prospects for progress wither as rival parties fight for influence in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) ended its boycott of cabinet meetings in early May, as it bowed to international pressure to seek compromise with its main rival, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). However, hopes have since withered that it might spark a more deep-seated process of co-operation on key issues, amid disputes over regional elections and the federal budget in Iraq.

Issue 1170 - 01 June 2023

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Oman's Sultan Haitham

A more confident Haitham returns Oman to its traditional role as regional mediator

Oman's Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said was unusually active in late May, making trips to Cairo and Tehran in quick succession, just as Egypt and Iran were edging towards a diplomatic rapprochement. Recent reports also suggest Oman may once again be acting as a mediator between Washington and Tehran.

Issue 1170 - 01 June 2023

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