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Iraq, KSA FMs discuss mutual interests, aim to boost ties

Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim on Thursday discussed mutual relations and interests with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir with the aim to boost ties between the two countries.

During the meeting, Alhakim stressed on the importance of collaborating efforts to resolve regional crises.

Both officials agreed on developing dialogue to reach political solutions without interfering in the internal affairs of countries.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi visited Riyadh yesterday on top of an official delegation and signed 13 agreements in areas such as trade, energy and political cooperation.
The countries had historically been at loggerheads since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, but Riyadh has wooed Baghdad as part of an effort to stem the growing influence of Tehran.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia reopened a consulate in Baghdad which had been closed for 30 years. King Salman also announced his country would provide Iraq $1 billion to build sport facilities, an announcement which kicked of a two-day visit to Iraq by high-level Saudi officials.