Iraq seeks to reclaim leadership role, status in Arab world

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meet

FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Iraqi President Barham Salih, right, walks with visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, before their meet

FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, center, and Iraq Foreign Minister Mo

FILE - In this April 4, 2019 file photo, Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, center, and Iraq Foreign Minister Mo

FILE - In this Saturday, April, 6, 2019 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatol

FILE - In this Saturday, April, 6, 2019 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatol

FILE -- In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hangar rally at Al As

FILE -- In this Dec. 26, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hangar rally at Al As

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Haider, left, and Abdullah carry belongings they collected from their damaged house to wash before returning

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is se

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is se

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is seeking to reclaim a leadership role in the Arab world after decades of conflict, with its leaders determined to maintain good relations with both Iran and the United States.

A flurry of recent diplomatic activity and high-profile visits to Baghdad — including this month's re-opening of a Saudi Consulate, for the first time in nearly 30 years — points to a new era of openness.

Iraq has emerged from a ruinous three-year war against the Islamic State group and faces the mammoth task of rebuilding and returning tens of thousands of displaced to their homes.

President Barham Salih told The Associated Press in an interview last month that it's "time we say we need a new political order ... in which Iraq must be an important pillar."