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

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.


Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

Updated 28 May 2020

Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

RIYADH: Foreign ambassadors to Saudi Arabia have been passing on their Eid Al-Fitr greetings to the government and people of the Kingdom.

The US Mission in the Kingdom, tweeted: “The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on behalf of all Americans living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia greeted saying, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Eid Mubarak to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and all our Saudi friends and colleagues as you celebrate this special holiday.

“May your Eid be joyous, even in this challenging time as we work together to fight (the) coronavirus (disease) COVID-19.”

In a tweet, the Australian ambassador in Riyadh, Ridwaan Jadwat, said: “Wishing everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan a joyous Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of my family and our embassy team: #EidMubarak!”

Posting a video message to the Saudi people, he added: “May I say on behalf of my family and the team here at the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, I hope that you have a safe, happy and blessed Eid Al-Fitr.”

Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, said: “May you all be blessed with #Peace, #Joy and #Love on #EidUlFitr and always! #EidMubarak to you and your families.”

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations this year have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid in 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

In a message addressing Saudis, the Pakistani community in the Kingdom, and Muslims around the world, Pakistan’s consul general in Jeddah, Khalid Majid, said: “This year, we are celebrating Eid in a very simple and somber manner. Undoubtedly, the world is passing through one of the most difficult times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has badly affected our socio-economic life.”

He added that many people had already lost their lives to the disease while large numbers were still battling with it.

“Besides, the death of around 100 of our Pakistani brethren in a recent PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) plane crash at Karachi has also left us sad and gloomy. My sincere prayers are with all those who lost their lives and also with their bereaved families. At the same time, I also sincerely pray for the good health and speedy recovery of all the COVID-19 patients.

“My deep appreciation and prayers for continued success also goes to all our frontline soldiers including doctors, paramedics, law enforcement agencies and all other involved departments, who are fighting against this deadly virus, at the risk of their own lives.

“I take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for taking very effective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Provision of best health facilities and efficient other services across the Kingdom are instrumental in effectively tackling the situation. It is evident from these steps that the recovery rate in the Kingdom is one of the highest in the world,” Majid said.

“I advise all Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia to continue abiding by all local health and safety instructions, including those relating to social distancing, so that we can all be safe and play our part in strengthening the efforts of the Saudi government in defeating this pandemic.”