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Shafaq News / On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a visual (hypothetical) meeting, during which they agreed on nine items to strengthen relations between their two countries at various levels.
According to a joint statement issued by the meeting, according to what was published by the Saudi Press Agency, that the meeting was attended by senior officials from the two countries.
The statement stated that the two sides agreed during the meeting on the following items:
1- Emphasizing the importance of expanding and strengthening the horizons of bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries and the two brotherly peoples in various fields, especially political, security, trade, investment and tourism, and building on what has already been achieved positive results in the mutual visits between the two countries during the past period.
2- The two sides stressed the importance of cooperation in the fields of energy, exchange of experiences and coordination of positions in the oil field within the scope of work of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) (OPEC Plus) and full commitment to all decisions that have been agreed upon, in a manner that guarantees reaching fair and appropriate oil prices for exporters and consumers. Both in the global oil market. The Republic of Iraq also renewed its invitation to Saudi companies to invest in promising opportunities in Iraq and in various fields.
3- Continuing joint cooperation in confronting the threat of extremism and terrorism as an existential threat to the countries of the region and the world, and they agreed to continue supporting Iraq’s efforts in cooperation with the international coalition to combat terrorism and extremism, and the two sides also stressed the importance of cooperation in securing the borders between the two brotherly countries.
4- Intensifying cooperation and exchanging views on issues and issues of concern to the two countries on the regional and international arenas, in a way that contributes to supporting and strengthening security and stability in the region and the world, and the need to keep the region away from tensions and strive to establish sustainable security. They agreed to continue communication and reciprocal visits to complete the bilateral consultations at the highest levels, to expand and pursue areas of joint cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two brotherly countries.
5- Enhancing coordination in the field of mutual support and support within the framework of multilateral diplomacy, especially for positions and jobs in international organizations.
6- The Republic of Iraq appreciated the participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Kuwait Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, which was held during the period 12-14 February 2018, and its pledges and contribution to it, and it was agreed on ways to benefit from the outcomes of this conference regarding the promises and financial credit facilities launched by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
7- An agreement to open a new Arar border crossing, which will be inaugurated and operational after (7) days, and the Saudi Commercial Attaché in Baghdad will soon be launched and commenced.
8- The two sides agreed on a joint work plan to start work on it, and endeavor to start implementing the provisions of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area agreement bilaterally between the two brotherly countries, and to form a joint business council between the two countries.
9- Iraq offered thanks and appreciation to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its initiative in building a sports stadium in Iraq, and agreement is underway to lay the foundations for the start of the project, and Iraq also appreciated the Kingdom’s response to the cooperation between the ministries of health in both countries in the field of combating the Corona pandemic (COVID 19) and supporting Iraq. By providing him with the necessary medical supplies to face this crisis.
This meeting came in the wake of continuous meetings conducted by the Joint Iraqi-Saudi Council and its committees over the past two days in Baghdad.