The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps external operations, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Brett McGurk , the White House special representative in the fight against Islamic State, both were in Baghdad on Monday meeting with several political factions including Mr. Abadi and Mr. Ameri.
A senior aide to Mr. Sadr said that neither side had contacted them.
Americans recall Mr. Sadr as the leader of a vicious militia that both killed United States forces after their occupation in 2003 and spread sectarian violence and lawlessness across Iraq in the late 2000s. More recently, however, Iraqis have come to see him as a political disrupter, not a military one.
For years, Mr. Sadr has championed social protest movements, and allies from these marches and strikes, including Iraq’s moribund Communists, Sunni businessmen and pious community activists, joined him in the 2018 electoral campaign.