Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a visit officially announced late on Tuesday.
During his second visit to Riyadh since assuming the premiership of Iraq, Abdul-Mahdi is scheduled to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid information obtained by the "new Arab" indicating that ministers and officials of Iraqi security and intelligence will accompany him .
"The visit comes to discuss relations between the two brotherly countries, regional situations and truce efforts, and Iraq's unwavering stance to play its positive role in taking care of avoiding the danger of tensions and conflicts and establishing the best relations with all neighboring, brotherly and friendly countries," the statement said.
A source close to Abdul-Mahdi, who is scheduled to accompany him on the visit, in a telephone interview with the "new Arab", that "Abdul-Mahdi's travel to Saudi Arabia was scheduled when he was in China, and was supposed to go directly to Riyadh, but the Saudi side asked The visit was postponed because of commitments made by the Saudi monarch. It was postponed for two days. The Iraqi government delegation returned to Baghdad.
The source pointed out that "the Iraqi delegation to Saudi Arabia will be very brief, and the main objective of the visit is to try to calm and open a line between the Iranians and the Saudis through Iraq, and discuss the results of the investigation on the bombing of Aramco facilities," stressing that "the Saudis are waiting for what the Iraqi Prime Minister will put on them."
On the other hand, the leader of the Supreme Islamic Council, close to the Prime Minister, Ahmed al-Hassani, to the "new Arab," that "Iraq in its current political situation can play the role of calm between Saudi Arabia and Iran."
He added that "Iraq strives in efforts to keep the specter of war in the region, and this visit falls within these endeavors."
For his part, the leader of the Salvation and Development Front, Atheel al-Nujaifi, for the "new Arab", that "there are Gulf countries are better than Iraq to play mediation between Saudi Arabia, Iran and Yemen, such as Oman or Kuwait, they have relations with Iran, and can enter through mediation With Saudi Arabia, especially since its political status is more neutral than Iraq for Saudi Arabia. ”
He continued: "We are waiting for the visit of the Iraqi delegation to Saudi Arabia to see what will happen, and will this mediation succeed or is it just an attempt."
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