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

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.


Yemen streamlines repatriation of stranded citizens abroad

Updated 17 min 38 sec ago

Yemen streamlines repatriation of stranded citizens abroad

  • The test will be replaced by thermal screening at airports
  • The committee said more than 12,000 Yemeni citizens have been repatriated so far

DUBAI: Yemen’s committee on coronavirus has made it easier to repatriate nationals who were stranded due the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency Saba reported.

The Coronavirus National Committee has amended its protocol on repatriation, which previously required polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on returning citizens.

The test will be replaced by thermal screening at airports, according to the provision announced in a virtual session on Saturday.

The committee said more than 12,000 Yemeni citizens have been repatriated from countries such as Egypt, India and Jordan.

Yemenis in Pakistan will be flown back to the country on Sunday as part of the repatriation mission.