Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has declared his government’s commitment to establish “the best ties” with Saudi Arabia, a statement issued by his office said on Thursday.
“The cooperation between the two countries will act as a cornerstone for relations in the region based on many common interests,” the statement said after PM Abd al-Mahdi received a high-ranking Saudi economic delegation.
In remarks, MP Mohammed al-Karbouli, head of the parliamentary National Axis alliance, said the Saudi-Iraqi openness in normalizing ties in all diplomatic, economic, cultural and social fields is a valuable opportunity to create economic cohesion between the two fraternal countries.
He also added that the opening of the Arar border-crossing and the promising investment in Iraq will create a moderate environment for balanced ties with Arab and regional countries.
Meanwhile, MP Abdullah al-Khraybit said that the accomplishments witnessed in Saudi-Iraqi ties are the crowning achievement of the diplomatic efforts exerted by President Barham Salih and Abdul Mahdi.
He revealed that Abd al-Mahdi will pay an “important” visit to Saudi Arabia “within days.”
The Saudi delegation, headed by Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi, paid a two-day visit to Baghdad during which it announced a US$ one billion grant to Iraq and the construction of a sports city in the country as a gift from King Salman bin Abdul Aziz.