Leaders arrive in Baghdad for a regional summit

Regional leaders have started arriving in Iraq for a conference aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.

The meeting is a chance for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to showcase his recent efforts to portray Iraq as a neutral mediator in the region’s crises and re-engage with the world after decades of conflict.

France is co-organizing the meeting, which is expected to discuss a regional water crisis, the war in Yemen and a severe economic and political crisis in Lebanon that has brought the country to the point of collapse.

French President Emmanuel Macron has already arrived in Baghdad ahead of the summit, and has already met with Al-Kadhimi as he aims to highlight France’s role in the region and its determination to press the fight against terrorism, his office said.