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Iraqi PM makes first official visit to Saudi Arabia

5 MoUs were signed between two countries as part of a visit aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.

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On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi reached Riyadh on his foremost visit to Saudi Arabia after formally taking office last May. The Iraqi PM was convoyed by a huge delegation.

Al-Kadhimi gathered with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his stay, conferred by the Iraqi Prime Ministry media office.

Throughout the gathering, five memos were contracted between the two states in numerous fields, the declaration said.

The duo assessment system between the two countries was forbidden by the agreements, the declaration held. A joint memorandum of understanding on development planning, economic diversity, and development of the private sector was also signed between the two sides.

Iraq and Saudi ministers also signed an initial agreement in the fields of books, documents, press, and data sharing.

Previously on Wednesday, Al-Kadhimi tweeted that he was traveling to Saudi Arabia to “consolidate the distinguished relations between the two brotherly countries” and to foster regional cooperation.

The visit comes at the call of King Salman bin Abdelaziz, who invited al-Kadhimi to visit Saudi Arabia and meet with the Crown Prince to discuss ways to reinforce affairs between the two countries.

Hussein Allawi, an adviser to the Prime Minister, announced that al-Kadhimi’s delegation comprises ministers and members of the Iraqi-Saudi coordination committee.

“This is an important visit that comes at a very special time,” Allawi said.

“The visit will discuss several fields of interest, including ways to confront crises in the region, economic coordination, support for development and investment plans presented by the Iraqi national investment commission to Saudi companies, the provision of facilities by the Iraqi government to Saudi companies, and embarking towards establishing joint projects.”

Last July, Iraq and Saudi Arabia formed a coordination council between the two countries aimed at upgrading bilateral relations in the political, security, and economic fields.

Al-Kadhimi was initially scheduled to visit the Kingdom on July 20 last year, but the visit was postponed due to a health setback the King experienced.

Saudi Arabia resumed diplomatic relations with Iraq in December 2015 after a break of 25 years following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

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