140 Policy 11/2020 20:22
Baghdad Today – Follow-up
The Saudi political analyst, Abdul Rahman Al-Melhem, said that the Republic of Iraq is a very important country for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and they are linked to several joint files, while indicating that the next stage will witness the implementation of a large number of joint projects inside Iraq.
Abdul Rahman Al-Melhem said, in televised statements that were followed by (Baghdad Today), that “the meetings of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordinating Council Committee preceded the expected meeting between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and the next stage will witness the implementation of a large number of projects inside Iraq. And the results of the recent meetings will have medical results for the Iraqi people. ”
The Saudi analyst pointed out that “Iraq is an important country for Saudi Arabia,” noting that “the kingdom is very interested in the neighboring countries with which it shares many files.”
On Tuesday, the Saudi Royal Court published the joint statement of the summit, which was held via closed circuit television, between Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
According to the text of the joint statement issued by the meeting, “On the basis of the long-established and historical brotherly ties and ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Iraq, and between their brotherly peoples, and to strengthen the distinguished relations between them, a remote visual meeting was held between His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman. Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.
The statement added, “The meeting was attended from the Saudi side by His Highness the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, His Excellency the Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, National Security Adviser Dr. Musaed bin Muhammad Al-Aiban, and His Excellency the Minister of Trade, Head of the Saudi side in the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, On the Iraqi side, it was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, head of the Iraqi side in the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fuad Muhammad Hussein, and the Minister of Planning, Dr. Khaled Battal.
According to the statement, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, affirmed the two countries’ determination to strengthen relations between them in all fields, and they reviewed the work of the fourth session of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the results of the previous three sessions of agreements and memoranda of understanding aimed at strengthening brotherly relations. Between the two brotherly countries, and they approved the results of the council’s work in its fourth session and the findings of the committees emerging from it (the Energy and Transformative Industries Committee, the Political, Security and Military Committee, the Cultural, Media and Islamic Affairs Committee, the Agriculture Committee, the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Relief Committee, the Education, Youth and Sports Committee, the Committee Transport, border crossings and ports, Financial and Banking Committee)
The statement concluded that the two sides affirmed “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 been previously achieved positive results in the mutual visits between the two countries during the past period.”
The two sides also 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. 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.
They affirmed the continuation of 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 Counter Terrorism and Extremism. The two sides also stressed the importance of cooperation in securing the borders between the two brotherly countries.
The two sides agreed to “intensify cooperation and exchange 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 enhancing security and stability in the region and the world, and the need to keep the region away from tensions and seek to establish sustainable security. They agreed to continue communication and mutual visits to complete the bilateral consultations on the matter. The highest levels, to expand and pursue areas of joint cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two brotherly countries.
The meeting included an emphasis on “strengthening coordination in the field of support and mutual support within the framework of multilateral diplomacy, especially for positions and positions in international organizations.”
According to the statement, “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. “.
The two parties agreed to “open a new port of Arar border, which will be inaugurated and operated after (7) days – God Almighty’s will – and the work of the Saudi Commercial Attaché in Baghdad will soon be inaugurated and started, as well as agreeing on a joint work plan to start work on it, and strive to start implementing The terms of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area agreement bilaterally between the two brotherly countries, and the formation of a joint business council between the two countries.
During the meeting, Iraq expressed its “thanks and appreciation to the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its initiative in the project (the gift of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – may God protect him – to the Iraqi people) to build a sports stadium in Iraq, and an agreement is underway to lay the foundations for the start of the project, as Iraq appreciated the Kingdom’s response to cooperation between the two health ministries. In both countries, in the field of combating the Corona pandemic (COVID 19) and supporting Iraq by providing it with the necessary medical supplies to face this crisis. ”
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, stressed the importance of strengthening the relations that bind the two brotherly peoples in all fields and moving them forward to match the aspirations and visions of the leaderships of the two countries in a way that achieves common interests and enhances the security and stability of the region. And he will push the wheel of development for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples and achieve their prosperity. ”