Baghdad, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi will meet today, Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, via a television circuit, within the framework of the joint Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council meetings.
The Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Al-Ghazi, told Al-Sabah newspaper published today, Tuesday: “A meeting will be held today, Tuesday, for the third session of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordinating Council, and there will also be a meeting between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, through the television circuit.”
He added, “These visits and meetings are a completion of the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two sides in 2019 as part of successive meetings of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordinating Council, and it was supposed to start translating projects and agreements on the ground, but the delay occurred due to the general epidemiological situation as a result of the Coronavirus.”
Al-Ghazi revealed that there is “a desire in the two countries to invest $ 10 billion and complete 90 percent of the steps towards directing the projects agreed upon on the ground to enhance joint cooperation in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemicals, phosphates, sulfur, energy, industry, agriculture, health and education, as well as the imminent opening of the Arar border crossing and a branch of the Iraqi Trade Bank in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Commercial Attaché in Baghdad.
For his part, the Saudi ambassador, Abdul-Aziz Al-Shammari, affirmed that “the Saudi delegation that recently arrived in Iraq is an extension of the meetings of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council.”
Al-Shammari explained, “The Iraqi-Saudi Political and Security Council will hold intensive and focused meetings, and there is more than one Saudi delegation that will arrive in Iraq, to discuss a lot of common issues and partnerships.”
Source: National Iraqi News Agency