Iraqi PM Kadhemi leads high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will lead the Iraqi delegation to Saudi Arabia. (AP/File photo)
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Updated 19 July 2020

Iraqi PM Kadhemi leads high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia

  • Mustafa Al-Kadhemi is expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • There will also be a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council

RIYADH: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhemi arrives in Saudi Arabia on Monday at the head of a high-level ministerial delegation to the Kingdom.

Al-Kadhemi and Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, finance, planning, health and agriculture among others are expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and visit the Neom megaproject on the northwest coast.

There will also be a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, which aims to strengthen strategic cooperation between the two countries.

Al-Kadhemi enjoys popular support from Iraqis who wish their country to disengage from Iran, Dr. Mutlaq Al-Mutairi, a professor of political media, told Arab News.

“In the light of this support, all that is required is the political will to achieve sovereignty and independence for Iraq. It is not simple, but the opportunities are great.”

Saudi Arabia was in a strong position because the Kingdom was entering Iraq as an investor, which would bring economic benefits to the Iraqi people, Al-Mutairi said, provided the investments were protected from Iranian interference.

After his Saudi visit, Al-Kadhemi will travel to Iran for talks with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

An Iraqi delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Abdulamir Allawi, who is also the finance minister, arrived in the Kingdom on Sunday. 

The delegation will hold meetings of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, which aims to strengthen ties between the two countries at all levels. The officials will interact with relevant authorities to develop partnerships between the private sectors on both sides and explore new opportunities in various sectors such as economy, development, security, investment, tourism, culture, and media.

The delegation also seeks to deepen mutual collaboration on key regional and international issues.


Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door

Updated 13 min 7 sec ago

Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Saudi security authorities arrested a man who crashed his car into one of the doors of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced early Saturday.

The car was running at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, the SPA said, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m.

 

"Thanks to God, no one was hurt," said the report.

It said investigators have found that the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen "in an abnormal condition." 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.