Iraqis view Biden victory with cautious hope

A broad range of political, security, and business leaders say they expect no sea change in U.S. policy toward Iraq, while hoping for reduced tensions with Iran.
Iraqis view Biden victory with cautious hope
Then-U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, US Vice President Joe Biden, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, listen to the Iraqi and US National Anthems during a special ceremony at US Camp Victory military base in Baghdad on December 1, 2011. (KHALID MOHAMMED/AFP via Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Joe Biden’s win in the U.S. presidential election is inspiring guarded optimism among Iraqi political, security, and business leaders, who believe his administration will feature a more predictable foreign policy even if Iraq is unlikely to be a central priority.

Iraqi leaders are especially hopeful that a Biden administration will lead to easing tensions with Iran, reducing the frequency of violent incidents between Iranian proxy forces and U.S. interests in Iraq — and making it slightly easier for Baghdad to balance its relations with Washington and Tehran.

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