Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks at Friday prayers in Kufa, 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has visited the United Arab Emirates, its official news agency said Monday, his second trip in weeks to a Sunni-ruled Gulf country after Saudi Arabia.

Late Sunday, Sadr met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, who congratulated Iraq on its victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul last month, WAM said.

Sheikh Mohammed said he hoped Iraq would “regain the role it deserves among Arab countries”.

“The prosperity of Iraq reinforces the security of the Arabs,” WAM reported Sheikh Mohammed as saying.

“Experience has taught us to call for what unites us as Arabs and Muslims, and banish partisans of discord and division,” he said.

Earlier this month, Sadr called on the Baghdad government to dismantle the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary group, which is dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias and has played a major role in the fight against IS.

He has also called on the authorities to “seize the arsenal of all armed groups”.

Sadr’s visit to the UAE comes after he made a rare journey to Saudi Arabia at the end of July.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq went a quarter century without diplomatic relations, which were cut following Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

But both countries hailed an improvement in ties in June when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the kingdom.

Sadr led a militia that fought against the US occupation of Iraq.

He is now seen as a nationalist who has repeatedly called for protests against corruption in the Iraqi government. His supporters have staged huge demonstrations in Baghdad calling for electoral reform.

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Source: AFP

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zman
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2017-08-14 15:24

What, no words of wisdom for the UAE involvement in Yemen?

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RAFIK
2017-08-14 18:06

sadr is playing in the hands of tyrant . uae/Saudi/Bahrain are the same people who supported terriost to kill shia and sunni in iaq /yemen/Syria/lebnon. and they are killing shia in Bahrain/Saudi . why Sadr are not talking about shia in Bahrain and Saudi. why is he behind hasd al shabhi and Syria assad. is he started to coloborate with terrisot supporter. Mr. Sadr u will lose all Iraqi people support if u are not truth to the ressitance path. u will be isolate soon

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
2017-08-15 15:33
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Good riddance! Time to blockade ALL clerics from interfering politics in the Middle-East (and elsewhere).
Politic is for adults, not for those stuck with some imaginary friend after the age of 7 or 8y old.

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2017-08-18 02:38

This man is a joke. He is as sectarian as he Wahhabi scum and his hypocrisy is showing.

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Deo Cass
2017-08-21 03:04

I don’t believe this is the real Sadr. Sadr would never lick the boots of the US Saudi slaves. I really think that he has been murdered and substituted with a look alike. It is not the first time that this was done by both the British and the Americans. A most recent case was that of independent Ukrainian President Yuvchenco who originally wanted a balanced foreign policy, keeping excellent relations with Russia and having good relations with the US and EU to. At one point the deceptive lie factory corporate media told us he was poisoned by the Russians… Read more »

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2017-08-14 18:11

A few days ago, he said “Assad must go”.