Saudi King holds phone call to congratulate new Iraq PM on post

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stands during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 03 October 2018
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Saudi King holds phone call to congratulate new Iraq PM on post

  • The King wished Mahdi success, and the Iraqi people further progress and prosperity

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman held a telephone conversation with Iraq's new prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to congratulate him on the post.
The King wished him success, and the Iraqi people further progress and prosperity.
Adel Abdul Mahdi expressed thanks to King Salman for his gesture and stressed his efforts to develop cooperation between the two countries in various fields.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.