Iraq speaker praises Saudi support in 'terror war'

Mohammed Al-Halbousi was speaking after a meeting with King Salman at Al-Yamamah Place in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 17 December 2018
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Iraq speaker praises Saudi support in 'terror war'

  • The king and Al-Halbousi also discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries
  • The visit follows a meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iraqi president Barham Salih in November

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliamentary speaker said on Monday that Saudi Arabia had played a major role in supporting Iraq in its “war on terror” and has backed the country through a “difficult stage.”

Mohammed Al-Halbousi was speaking after a meeting with King Salman at Al-Yamamah Place in Riyadh, and said: “Saudi Arabia had a major role in supporting Iraq in its war against terrorist organizations, especially Daesh.

“Iraq has passed a difficult stage thanks to the support of Saudi Arabia, which contributed to the expulsion of ISIS from many regions and cities in Iraq,” he added.

The king and Al-Halbousi also discussed bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries during the meeting.

The visit follows a meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Iraqi president Barham Salih in November.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq have improved this year after several visits by officials from both nations to Riyadh and Baghdad.


EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

Updated 21 min 27 sec ago
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EXCLUSIVE: Arab News speaks to Serie A president Gaetano Micciche ahead of Supercoppa Italiana in Jeddah

JEDDAH: From day one, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche has been a staunch defender of Saudi Arabia playing host to the Italian Super Cup. With the kick-off now mere hours away at King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, his good faith has been rewarded.
“We have had great hospitality,” he said. “I am really glad to experience Saudi Arabia not only for myself, but for all Italian people that have arrived here for the first time. The Saudi public has been full of kindness for the Italian people. It is a great honor for Serie A and myself to be here for such an important event.”

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the Serie A chief discussed his thoughts his impressions on Jeddah and the event.
“I am happy because I now have a fair impression of the situation here,” he said. “I will surely be returning to Italy full of satisfaction and with positive ideas to return in the near future with other matches. All of the responses that I have seen have been very positive. Jeddah is a city that is rapidly evolving. It is really interesting for me and I have no doubt that there is a large and great potentiality for Jeddah to grow in the years to come.”
Micciche said he was delighted to find such a modern and beautifully built stadium.

 

King Abdullah Sports City (KASC), also known as “Al Jawhara,” Arabic for “jewel,” is the largest football stadium in Jeddah, with a maximum capacity of more than 62,000.
“I was happy to see the complex, which is one of the most beautiful in the world,” he said.
“I was especially happy to learn that the stadium has been completely sold out and that more than 15,000 women will be attending. I believe that sport in general, and football in particular, is a special factor of life. Today, two of the best Italian teams will be playing and I am sure they will put on a great match. I repeat: I am happy with all the organization, with the city, with the people, and with the hospitality.”