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Iraqi Foreign Ministry says relations with Saudi Arabia 'steady', 'strategic'

Mohamed Ali Alhakim
FILE: Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim
The Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Thursday that relations with Saudi Arabia are “steady and strategic,” pointing out that Iraq is moving with “balance and strength,” to seek its interests.

A statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesman Dr. Ahmad Al-Sahaf said the volume of international and Arab demand to build relations with Iraq indicates the country’s pivotal role in the region.

“What is important to us is to implement what we agree on and to consolidate our efforts with various ministries of the Iraqi state to achieve this," the statement said.

A powerful Saudi economic delegation started an official visit to Iraq on Wednesday.

At Baghdad International Airport, the seven-minister Saudi delegation was received by a number of Iraqi ministers and senior officials.

During two-day visit, the 2nd Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council will be held under co-chairmanship of Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs and Minister of Oil Thamer Al-Ghadhban.

The two sides signed a number of memoranda of understanding on bilateral cooperation in various fields.

On the sidelines of the visit, the Saudi delegation will hold meetings with Iraqi President Barham Salih; Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, and Speaker of Iraqi Council of Representatives Mohammed Al-Halboosi.