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Other analysts see a domestic dimension to Mr. Ahmadinejad’s visit.”I believe Ahmadinejad did this because he needs to have an enemy in the region. He needs something that will unite Iranians,” said Anwar Abdulrahman, editor-in-chief of the Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News.

Iran is experiencing increasing economic hardship and diplomatic isolation as a result of sanctions from the West over its nuclear program.

Representatives from Iran and six other world powers are set to meet over the nuclear issue on May 23-24 in Baghdad.

Both sides described talks last weekend in Istanbul as encouraging.