Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi

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Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi is received by King Salman in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi is received by King Salman in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi is received by King Salman in Jeddah. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman walks with Iraqis Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in Riyadh on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AFP)
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Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 18 April 2019
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Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign agreements as King Salman meets PM Abdul-Mahdi

  • Adel Abdul-Mahdi was met at King Khalid International Airport by the Governor of the Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar
  • Visit comes as relations continue to grow between the two countries

RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday and held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries.

During their talks, the king said he was keen to enhance cooperation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, SPA reported. Abdul-Mahdi said he was hoping to develop “areas of bilateral cooperation.”

Abdul-Mahdi also met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran.

Abdul-Mahdi’s meeting with the crown prince came after he met King Salman on Wednesday.

His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said in a statement on his Facebook account.

The two countries signed 12 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.

Abdul-Mahdi was met at King Khalid International Airport by the Governor of the Riyadh Region Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, SPA reported.

The visit comes as ties continue to improve between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.