Mohammad Kazem al-Sadegh was appointed Iranian ambassador to Iraq. Mr. Al-Sadegh will replace Iraj Masjidi, who has headed the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Baghdad since 2016.
Iranian media have published a picture of the new Iranian ambassador to Iraq in front of a picture of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, commander of Kataeb Hezbollah, both of whom were killed in a US airstrike on the outskirts of Baghdad.
The least information about him and especially his work experience has been published in the media, but IRNA, the Islamic Republic News Agency, in a report from Baghdad five years ago, described him as a “senior diplomat of the Iranian embassy.”
According to some reports, he was born into an Iranian religious family in the Iraqi city of Najaf. He is fluent in Arabic, especially in the Iraqi dialect.
For the past two years, Al-Sadegh has been Iraj Masjidi’s deputy.
Some sources refer to him as the first person of Iran in Iraq, who acts as a shadow person.
According to some reports, he has been present in Iraq since 2003 and has close ties to many Iraqi parties and groups.
Mr. Al-Sadegh is the fourth Iranian ambassador to Baghdad since Saddam Hussein’s rule. Three former Iranian ambassadors have been members of the Revolutionary Guards.
All Iranian ambassadors, consuls and senior diplomats in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen are members of the Quds Force affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, or at least their appointment is made with the approval of the force, and the Iranian Foreign Ministry has no role in embassies in this four countries.