Iraq hosts rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at regional conference

Iraq is hosting senior officials from Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey on Saturday in a bid to bolster its nascent role as a regional mediator.

The one-day conference in the capital Baghdad discusses regional security, diplomacy and economic issues, a parliamentary spokesman told media.

Iran, one of Iraq's closest allies, but a fierce opponent of Saudi Arabia, is represented by a "senior official," the spokesman added.

The conference is...