Falih al-Fayadh, head of the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) and the national security adviser, arrived on Thursday to Saudi Arabia in an undeclared visit, which officials claim to be for assuring the kingdom on the presence of the militias in Iraq.
The visit comes less than a month after Fayadh’s visit to Syria, where he met with President Bashar al-Assad amid Iraqi conflicts on Fayadh’s nomination to the post of interior minister. Several political forces rejected his nomination with Muqtada al-Sadr’s bloc on top.
The government has not declared yet about the visit. While sources close to Fayadh refused to confirm it, a source close to Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said “the visit comes to deliver assurance to the Saudi Kingdom over IMIS presence.”