Saudi Arabia, Iraq agree to boost cooperation on security, trade and investment

Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan met with his Iraqi counterpart Ali Allawi. (SPA)
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Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan met with his Iraqi counterpart Ali Allawi. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail met his Iraqi counterpart Nazin Mohammed Woso. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail met his Iraqi counterpart Nazin Mohammed Woso. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail met his Iraqi counterpart Nazin Mohammed Woso. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing Majid Al-Hogail met his Iraqi counterpart Nazin Mohammed Woso. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein. (SPA)
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Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli met Iraqi Minister of Agriculture Mohammed Al-Khafaji. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli met Iraqi Minister of Agriculture Mohammed Al-Khafaji. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
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Several agreements signed during talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. (SPA)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 01 April 2021

Saudi Arabia, Iraq agree to boost cooperation on security, trade and investment

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. (SPA)
  • The two leaders discussed security concerns and agreed to continue coordinating in confronting extremism and terrorism
  • Several agreements were signed during the talks, including the creation of a joint Saudi-Iraqi fund worth $3 billion

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi agreed Wednesday on the need for their countries to continue coordinating in confronting extremism and terrorism. 
Meeting at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the two leaders also agreed to boost economic cooperation, starting with the creation of a joint Saudi-Iraqi fund worth $3 billion. 

A joint statement issued after the meeting described the fund "as a contribution from the Kingdom to promote investment in economic fields in Iraq to benefit both their economies."

The two neighbors also agreed to continue cooperation within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and with full commitment to the requirements of the OPEC+ agreement.

Al-Kadhimi arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for the visit on the invitation of King Salman.
As he disembarked the plane, 21 rounds of artillery were fired to welcome him, while Saudi jets drew the Iraqi flag in the skies above.
Both countries’ national anthems were played, and then Al-Kadhimi reviewed the honor guard. A number of Saudi officials, ministers and leaders of military sectors were present at the welcoming reception.
The crown prince welcomed the official delegation accompanying the prime minister, including Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, as well as the ministers of finance, interior, oil, agriculture and housing.
The crown prince and the prime minister then headed to the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace in a motorcade.
During the talks, they “exchanged views on regional and international issues of concern to both countries, in a way that contributes to supporting and enhancing security and stability in the region and the world,” a joint statement said.
The two sides praised the outcomes of Al-Kadhimi’s video call with King Salman last week where they stressed the importance of strengthening relations between the Kingdom and Iraq and enhancing the work of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
The crown prince and the prime minister said they would continue to develop cooperation in various fields, especially political, security, military, commercial, investment, cultural and tourism.
Saudi Arabia said it would continue to support Iraq and the Global Coalition to remove the remnants of Daesh from the country. They also agreed on the importance of joint cooperation in securing the safety of their borders.
They agreed to complete the electrical interconnection project and to accelerate cooperation in the petroleum field, within the scope of the OPEC+ agreement to ensure the stability of global oil markets.
Iraq thanked the Kingdom for its efforts toward rebuilding the country and for its support in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Baghdad also commended the newly announced Saudi Green Initiative and the Middle East Green Initiative that will be launched soon and said it was ready to support the Kingdom.
Bilateral agreements were signed including agreements to avoid double taxation, for cooperation in the field of development planning for economic diversification and private sector development, and on financing Saudi exports.
An agreement was signed between the Iraqi Media Network and the Saudi Radio and Television Authority, and a cooperation agreement was signed in the field of culture.
Later, Al-Kadhimi was accompanied by Prince Mohammed on a tour of Diriyah’s Al-Turaif district. 
Ahead of his arrival, Al-Kadhimi said the visit was “aimed at consolidating the distinguished relations between our two brotherly countries, and establishing prospects for fraternal cooperation between the countries of the region, in a way that serves our peoples, achieves stability, and dedicates values ​​of building and integration, based on the common things that unite us.”
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a meeting with Hussein separately to discuss bilateral relations and ways to enhance them in various fields.
Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan met with his Iraqi counterpart Ali Allawi in Riyadh, to review relations and discuss issues of common interest.
Bilateral meetings were also held between the ministers of housing of both countries and the ministers of agriculture, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.




PM Al-Kadhimi, left), is seen off at Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport by Saudi officials led by Riyadh region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Al-Kadhimi also met with Saudi minister of investment Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, the chairman of Saudi Chambers Ajlan Al-Ajlan and several Saudi businessmen and discussed strengthening Saudi private sector investments in Iraq.
Al-Khadimi promised to facilitate investment opportunities by eliminating the obstacles facing businessmen.
Al-Falih assured Al-Khadimi that King Salman’s government "continues, without any hesitation, to support the Saudi private sector’s investment in Iraq.

After the flurry of meetings, Al-Kadhimi left the Saudi capital and was seen off at the King Khalid International Airport by a number of officials led by the governor of Riyadh region, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz.


US Yemen envoy Lenderking arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

During his visit, Tim Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib. (Screenshot)
During his visit, Tim Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib. (Screenshot)
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US Yemen envoy Lenderking arrives in Saudi Arabia for talks

During his visit, Tim Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib. (Screenshot)
  • Lenderking will also meet with representatives from the international community and the office of UN Special Envoy for Yemen

RIYADH: The US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

During his visit, he will meet with senior officials from the Saudi and Yemeni governments.

Lenderking will discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi offensive on Marib, which is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and triggering instability elsewhere in the country.

The special envoy will address the urgent need for efforts to stabilize Yemen’s economy and to facilitate the timely import of fuel to northern Yemen, and the need for the Houthis to end their manipulation of fuel imports and prices inside of Yemen.

Lenderking will also meet with representatives from the international community and the office of UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths to discuss the importance of an inclusive peace process and a rapid appointment of a new UN Envoy. 

“Now is the time to stop the fighting and enable Yemenis to shape a more peaceful, prosperous future for their country,” a US State Department statement said.


Saudi foreign minister meets with Pakistan president, prime minister Khan in Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Islamabad on Tuesday. (SPA)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Islamabad on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 min 13 sec ago

Saudi foreign minister meets with Pakistan president, prime minister Khan in Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Islamabad on Tuesday. (SPA)
  • The visit is Prince Faisal’s second state visit to Pakistan in a year

RIYADH: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan received Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan at his office at the presidential residence in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday.

Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the premier and the government and people of Pakistan, while Khan conveyed his greetings and appreciation to the king, the crown prince, and the government and people of Saudi Arabia.

At the beginning of the reception, the prime minister congratulated the Saudi leaders on the success of this year’s Hajj season, and that they were able to maintain an environment free from the spread of COVID-19 and other epidemic diseases’

Khan praised the precautionary measures taken by the Kingdom during the Hajj pilgrimage to preserve the health and safety of pilgrims.

During the meeting, they reviewed the historical and well-established relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in all fields, through the Saudi-Pakistani Coordination Council, which aims to enhance effective partnership and intensify coordination on issues of common interest.

The two sides also held talks on the importance of exploring investment and available opportunities related to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, in order to achieve more prosperity for the two countries.

The prime minister lauded the important role of Pakistan’s community in Saudi Arabia in the progress and development of the two countries and underlined that the strong people-to-people linkages helped building solid foundations of cooperation.

Khan, noting the difficulties being faced by Pakistani nationals due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions, also underlined the importance of timely measures for facilitation of their return to Saudi Arabia when possible.

During his visit to the Pakistani capital, Prince Faisal also met with President Arif Alvi, who echoed the strong relations between his country and Saudi Arabia.

The visit is Prince Faisal’s second state visit to Pakistan in a year. He was last in Islamabad in December 2020.

The Pakistani foreign office said the Saudi foreign minister was visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.


Saudi Arabia warns against travel to destinations on ban list amid COVID-19

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to destinations on ban list amid COVID-19
Updated 27 July 2021

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to destinations on ban list amid COVID-19

Saudi Arabia warns against travel to destinations on ban list amid COVID-19

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian government has warned against travel to destinations on the Kingdom’s ban list amid COVID-19.

The Interior Ministry said citizens who have traveled to banned countries will be barred from traveling for three years, state news agency SPA reported.

Saudi citizens have been earlier prohibited from traveling to Indonesia over coronavirus disease concerns. Saudi citizens currently in the Asian nation have been told to exercise caution, and stay away from areas with high infection rates.

Saudi authorities have also banned travel, without prior permission, to and from the UAE, Ethiopia and Vietnam, over concerns about the spread of more-infectious variants of the coronavirus.

– More to follow –


Saudi FM arrives in Islamabad, discuses with Pakistani counterpart bilateral relations

Saudi FM arrives in Islamabad, discuses with Pakistani counterpart bilateral relations
Updated 18 min 50 sec ago

Saudi FM arrives in Islamabad, discuses with Pakistani counterpart bilateral relations

Saudi FM arrives in Islamabad, discuses with Pakistani counterpart bilateral relations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, arrived in Islamabad on an official visit that Pakistan said provided a ‘timely opportunity’ to deepen bilateral cooperation. 

This will be Prince Faisal’s second state visit to Pakistan in a year. He was last in Islamabad in December 2020.

The foreign office has said the Saudi foreign minister was visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The visit by the Saudi FM “holds significance” in the backdrop of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Qureshi’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2021, the foreign office said on Twitter, adding:

“It will provide a timely opportunity to review progress in bilateral coop. in line with vision of the leadership of the two countries.”

“The visit of the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia will further strengthen the ongoing positive momentum in high-level contacts and deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields,” the foreign office said in a separate statement, saying Prince Faisal and the Pakistani foreign minister would meet at the Foreign Ministry shortly.

“After the meeting between the two Foreign Ministers, there will be delegation level talks between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. In addition to all aspects of bilateral relations, important regional and global issues will be discussed during the talks,” the foreign office said. “The Saudi Foreign Minister will also meet with senior government officials during his visit.”

Prior to the arrival of the Saudi foreign minister, senior delegation-level talks were held in Pakistan between officials of the two nations.

“Key focus was on Saudi-Pak Supreme Coordination Council, highest level platform to provide strategic direction to bilateral ties,” the foreign office said.

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US condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, calls for Iran-backed group to return to negotiations

US condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, calls for Iran-backed group to return to negotiations
Updated 27 July 2021

US condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, calls for Iran-backed group to return to negotiations

US condemns latest Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, calls for Iran-backed group to return to negotiations
  • ‘We condemn the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia following the calm over Eid Al-Adha’
  • ‘Time to return to negotiations and end the conflict’

DUBAI: The US has condemned the latest Houthi attack against Saudi Arabia as the Iran-backed group targeting the Kingdom’s southern region with a ballistic missile and three explosive-laden drones.

The US State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs also called for the Houthis to cease its military actions and commit to a ceasefire that would end the conflict in Yemen.

“We condemn the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia following the calm over Eid Al-Adha. The Houthis must stop their destabilizing actions and commit to an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire to help end the Yemen war. Time to return to negotiations and end the conflict,” the US government agency posted on Twitter.

Tim Lenderking, the US special envoy for Yemen, earlier emphasized the importance of resolving the conflict in the war-torn country.

“The US is in this effort to help Yemen truly turn the corner toward peace and security. A ceasefire is only one step. We must continue to build from there,” the envoy said during one of the forums on Middle Eastern security.

Yemeni government troops and allied tribesmen, backed by Arab coalition jets, on Sunday repelled the “biggest and most fierce” Houthi assault of Marib since February.

More than 200 Houthi militants were killed in clashes during recent days or in Arab coalition strikes during recent days, a Yemeni army commander said.