King Salman receives Iraqi PM in Riyadh

King Salman (L) receives Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi upon his arrival in Riyadh on Saturday. (Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace handout photo)
Updated 23 October 2017
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King Salman receives Iraqi PM in Riyadh

RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi arrived in Riyadh on Saturday in a visit aimed at further enhancing strategic ties.
King Salman received the prime minister and his accompanying delegation at the king's palace, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Abadi is to take part in a meeting on Sunday to establish a joint Saudi-Iraqi coordination council aimed at boosting cooperation.
US State Secretary Rex Tillerson, who arrived also on Saturday, is to take part in the meeting, officials said.
Abadi's visit to Saudi Arabia is the second this year since Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visited Baghdad in February, the first such visit by a top Saudi official since 1991.
After former dictator Saddam Hussein’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Riyadh severed relations with Baghdad and closed its border posts with its northern neighbor.
Ties remained strained even after Saddam’s ouster in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, since when successive Shiite-dominated governments in Baghdad have stayed close to Tehran.
Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with Saudi Arabia as both countries suffer from a protracted oil slump. Saudi Arabia is also seeking to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.
Abadi's visit coincides with Saudi Energy Minister Khaled Al-Falih’s high profile visit to Baghdad where he called for the strengthening of economic relations to boost oil prices.
(With AFP)


King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

Updated 18 min 52 sec ago
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King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

He then met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who congratulated him on his election as prime minister.

"They reviewed the historical relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to enhance them," SPA said.

 

In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan performed Umrah in Makkah.

He then held a series of meetings, including with the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.

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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.