Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met in Jeddah on Friday with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.
During the meeting, “the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and promising opportunities for cooperation were reviewed, in addition to exchanging views on some regional issues,” according to what was reported by the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, Saudi Trade Minister Majed bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, and the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Iraq Abdulaziz Al-Shamri.
On the Iraqi side, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, Trade Minister Alaa Ahmed Hassan, and Iraq’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Abdul Sattar Hadi Al-Janabi attended.
Al-Kazemi had arrived earlier Friday in Jeddah to participate in the “Jeddah Summit for Security and Development.”
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who welcomed him and his escorts in Saudi Arabia, was at the forefront of his reception upon his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
The electrical connection between the Gulf network and the Iraq network
In a related context, the GCC Electricity Interconnection Authority and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity signed, on the sidelines of the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, hosted by the Kingdom, the linkage contract between the Gulf Interconnection Network and the Southern Iraq Electricity Network, in the presence of Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Iraqi Oil Minister Ehsan Abdul-Jabbar.
According to “SPA”, the signing of this contract comes as a “translation of the directives of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries”, based on their keenness on the development and prosperity of Iraq.
The contract was signed on the part of the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority, Dr. Nayef Al-Abadi, and on the part of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, Engineer Adel Karim, who is authorized with the powers of the Minister to manage the Ministry of Electricity.
The contract includes the establishment of the Gulf Electricity Interconnection Authority to establish electrical interconnection lines from the authority’s station in the State of Kuwait to the Al-Faw station located in the south of the Republic of Iraq, to supply southern Iraq with about 500 megawatts of energy from the countries of the Cooperation Council through the Gulf electrical interconnection network.
Signing the executive minutes of the electrical interconnection agreement principles
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar also signed the executive minutes on the principles of the electrical interconnection agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, in implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides at the beginning of 2022.
Prince Abdulaziz praised the role of Prince Mohammed bin Salman in accelerating the electrical connection with Iraq, “which comes as an affirmation of the continuous cooperation in all fields, especially the technical fields between the two countries.
It also expresses the desire of the two countries to consolidate economic relations between them, in a manner that achieves the aspirations of the leadership and people of the two countries, and ensures the speedy implementation of the project on the ground.