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Iraqi Prime Minister pays official visit to Saudi Arabia

By : Marwa Mahmoud

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will arrive in Saudi Arabia tomorrow, Monday, on an official visit at the invitation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Qahtan al-Janabi, Iraqi ambassador to Saudi Arabia said that the visit will focus on “developing and strengthening Iraqi-Saudi relations in all fields, as well as developing Iraq’s relationship with its Arab environment and its neighbors.”

 He explained that an Iraqi delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Ali Abdul Amir Allawi arrived in Riyadh yesterday to start the meetings of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council. He added, “The meetings will continue until tomorrow (today), and culminate in a visit by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.”

Al-Janabi continued: “It is expected that the visit, which is the first for the Prime Minister outside Iraq, will have significant positive results on the level of bilateral relations between the two countries.

 He pointed out that «the visit will focus on developing the relationship between Iraq and its Arab surroundings, and this is the main goal for it», pointing out that the talks will address «issues of the region, world, and pandemic (Corona) and others.

It is expected that Al-Kazemi will meet today (Sunday) in Baghdad, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

A spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Al-Sahaf, said that “Iranian minister will meet the three presidencies and the Iraqi foreign minister.”

It is noteworthy that after the Saudi Arabian government, Al-Kazemi will visit Iran, then the United States.