Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- Iraqi parliamentarian and member of the Ahrar Bloc affiliated with the Al-Sadr movement, Jawad al-Juburi, has stressed to Asharq Al-Awsat that, “there is nothing new in the position of the Al-Sadr movement whether by its leader Muqtada al-Sadr or any leaders within the Trend concerning the Bahraini revolution or all the revolutions that follow a liberation policy.”
Al-Juburi commenting on a news report that a meeting took place in the Iranian city of Qom between Muqtada al-Sadr and elements representing the Bahraini opposition, told Asharq Al-Awsat that, “the Al-Sadr Trend is accustomed not to hide any of its stands, and its positions are declared and well known; therefore, there is nothing new here concerning a meeting with the Bahraini revolutionaries anywhere and by any leader of the Al-Sadr Trend,” pointing out that “the Al-Sadr Trend supports all the change and revolutionary movements, particularly that of the Bahraini people.”
Al-Juburi went on to say that “the issue does not require a meeting in Iran or anywhere else because the celebration made by the Al-Sadr Trend on the occasion of the departure of the occupation in which Al-Sadr delivered a speech was attended by a delegation of the Bahraini revolutionaries, and their representative delivered a speech. Therefore, our stand is declared and well known regardless of the nature of the political relations between Iraq and Bahrain.” He stressed that the Sadrists “will continue to call for [revenge] for the blood of the Bahraini people which was shed unfairly and in an aggressive way only because they want to practice their freedom that has been enshrined by all laws, constitutions, and human rights.” .
Bahrain participated in the Arab summit that was held in Baghdad last March with a delegation that was led by the Bahraini foreign minister after it had first announced that its representation will be at the ambassador’s level. However, a pledge by the Iraqi Government that it would not raise the Issue of Bahrain in the summit and the announcement made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on banning demonstrations against Bahrain during the summit led to upgrading the level of its representation in the summit.