Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech in Najaf, Iraq December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani/File Photo NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
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Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani is holding talks with politicians in Baghdad to promote the formation of a new Iraqi cabinet which would have Iran's approval, two people familiar with the political process underway in Iraq said Wednesday.Soleimani is holding talks with rival politicians to pave the way for an agreement to form a Shi'ite ruling coalition, said a person acting as an intermediary between Sadr, other senior politicians and a Shi'ite candidate.Before the election, Iran publicly stated it would not allow Sadr's bloc -- an unlikely alliance of Shi'tes, communists and other secular groups -- to govern.For his part, Sadr has made clear he is unwilling to compromise with Iran by forming a coalition with its main allies, Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr paramilitary group, and former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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