Iraqi PM, key Shiite cleric hold talks in Jordan
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Iraqi PM, key Shiite cleric hold talks in Jordan

Haider al-Abadi follows up talks with US secretary of state; Muqtada al-Sadr meets with Jordanian prince

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan (R) on October 26, 2014 at the royal palace in the capital Amman. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP photo)
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan (R) on October 26, 2014 at the royal palace in the capital Amman. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP photo)

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq’s prime minister and an influential Shiite cleric have visited Jordan, just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Iraq and Saudi Arabia to unite to counter growing Iranian assertiveness.

Saudi Arabia, leader of the region’s camp of Sunni Muslim states that also includes Jordan, is concerned about the influence of its rival Iran in Iraq. Iran has backed Shiite militias fighting against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Late Sunday, the office of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced that he met with Jordan’s Prince Ghazi in the kingdom. Al-Sadr has in the past called for Shiite militias in Iraq to disband.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks late Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Abadi met with Tillerson earlier Sunday in Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo credit: Khalid Mohammed, File/AP)
Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (Khalid Mohammed/AP)
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