Inside Story
Breaking Iraq's political deadlock?
We discuss why Saudi Arabia offers rival Iraqi politicians a platform to reconcile differences.
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2010 12:51 GMT

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has invited the leaders of Iraq's political blocs for talks in Riyadh aimed at breaking the deadlock over forming a new government.
King Abdullah suggested they meet after the Hajj pilgrimage in November.
Reaction from Baghdad has been swift with some leaders cautioning against Saudi's involvement.

Is Riyadh's rescue bid a help or a hindrance? Is it a genuine initiative to help Iraq, or concern over Shia dominance and growing Iranian influence in Iraqi politics? 

Joining the programme are Saad al-Muttalibi, an advisor to the council of ministers, Muhannad al-Bayati, a member of the Iraqi national movement, and Simon Tisdall, an asstistant editor for the British newspaper The Guardian.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Sunday, October 31, 2010.

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