Iraqi PM ahead of Saudi Arabia visit: Facing a major shift in relationship with Riyadh

Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi said ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia that his country was facing a major shift in its relationship with Riyadh. (AP/File Photo)
Updated 16 April 2019
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Iraqi PM ahead of Saudi Arabia visit: Facing a major shift in relationship with Riyadh

  • Adel Abdul-Mahdi looking to strengthen ties between two countries
  • Will start visit to Kingdom on Wednesday

RIYADH: Iraq's prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia that his country was facing a major shift in its relationship with Riyadh.

Abdul-Mahdi tweeted: "I will begin an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, accompanied by a delegation of senior ministers and business leaders.

"During the visit, I will sign a number of bilateral agreements to strengthen cooperation between our countries."

A Saudi Arabian delegation visited Iraq earlier in April, when a new consulate in Baghdad was opened and $1 billion in loans for development projects in Iraq was announced.

The opening of the new consulate building came as senior ministers from the Kingdom visited Baghdad as part of a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.


Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline: Tasnim

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Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline: Tasnim

  • Iran gave other signatories 60-days deadline to protect them from US sanctions
  • The country stopped complying with some of the commitments in the agreement since May 2015

LONDON: Iran will not extend a 60-day deadline for it to start pulling out of more commitments agreed under its nuclear deal, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Wednesday.
Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and re-introduced sanctions on Tehran.
Iran said in May it would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.
“Iran’s two-month deadline to remaining signatories of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) cannot be extended, and the second phase will be implemented exactly as planned,” Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.