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An expert on international issues has said that the leader of the Sadrist movement's move to join the “national opposition” is a warning to other parties who don’t want to back down from their interests.

Emphasizing that the political controversies are the main obstacle to forming a new government in Iraq, Ali Asqar Zargar said in remarks to ILNA that foreign influence is another issue in this regard.

“Countries like the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates have their own influence in Iraq which resulted in the emergence of multiple interests,” he added.

Foreign disputes in Iraq, especially between Iran and the U.S., have decreased but problems still remain, he noted.

These disagreements don’t allow a balanced government to come to power in Baghdad, he said, adding that “Many believe that Sadr joining the “national opposition” is a warning to other parties who don’t want to back down from their interests.”

Underlining that Muqtada al-Sadr is following a political-propaganda maneuver, he said that “Sadr is probably making a political bluff and he has put making pressure on the other political movements on his agenda.”

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