Iraq brings together Mideast rivals in bid to ease tensions

Iraqi President Barham Salih, left, welcomes Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Baghdad’s Presidential Palace, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

BAGHDAD — Arab heads of state and senior officials from the region including archenemies Iran and Saudi Arabia held a rare meeting Saturday at a conference hosted by Iraq. The meeting is aimed at easing Mideast tensions and underscored the Arab country’s new role as mediator.