Jeddah, 27 June 2022 (TDI): Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi for bilateral talks in Jeddah.
The major goal of the conference was to restart the Baghdad-mediated negotiations between the Kingdom and Iran.
The intention of the Saudi-Iraq meeting was to ease long-standing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran-backed Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s invitation led to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
Thus, the Iraqi Prime Minister received a formal welcome ceremony.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Saudi delegation welcomed Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi upon his arrival.
Al-Kadhimi had previously visited Saudi Arabia, but this was his second trip to the country since becoming prime minister in May 2020.
A number of ministries, including representatives from the Ministry of the National Guard, the Minister of Defence, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended the discussion.
This particular meeting was also attended by the ministry of trade, ambassadors, some senior Iraqi delegation members, and several advisors.
The outcome of the Saudi-Iraq meeting
The two dignitaries discussed the bilateral ties between their two friendly nations during their encounter. During the meeting, areas of shared cooperation were also discussed.
In addition, the two leaders also discussed a variety of other topics while exchanging opinions. They talked about concerns that support and promote regional security and stability.
Equally important, the meeting witnessed an emphasis on bolstering economic integration and regional cooperation.
This was a way that promotes sustainable development in the region and strengthens bilateral efforts to confront economic crises.
The two sides stressed the prominent role of Iraq in the convergence of views in the region and in the efforts of establishing calm and constructive dialogues.
Iraq and Saudi Arabia have developed good working relations in recent years. Iraq also has good connections with neighboring Iran, making it a suitable country to mediate Iran-Saudi differences.