[size=36]Foreign Relations Committee: The need to revitalize the economic committee between Iraq and Saudi Arabia[/size]
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The Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee confirmed, today, Thursday, that Saudi Arabia is an important economic country and that cooperation with it is of great benefit, while stressing the need to revitalize the economic committee between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Committee member MP Dhafer Al-Ani said, according to the official agency, that "the Iraqi-Saudi relations are related to the return of Iraq to the exercise of its natural role in its Arab relations," indicating that "this role was suspended during the previous years, which made Iraq almost isolated from the Arab nation."
He added, "During the period of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi's government, there was a kind of Iraqi openness to a number of Arab countries, such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and the New East Project, which the Prime Minister called," noting that "relations with Saudi Arabia have political, economic and security benefits."
He pointed out that "the two countries were exposed to terrorism, as Saudi Arabia has the right to secure its lands from hostilities and to target its economic and oil installations, part of which are located near Iraqi lands."
He added that "Saudi Arabia is an important economic country, and cooperation with it will be of great benefit to the country," noting that "the king of Saudi Arabia has given priority to Iraq in various investment and economic aspects."
He explained that "Saudi Arabia has provided everything that would strengthen relations with Iraq, and the matter is in the hands of Iraq," stressing that "rapprochement with the Kingdom needs a decision."
Al-Ani stressed "the necessity to revitalize the joint economic committee, which includes the ministers of the two countries."
It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, at the head of a high-ranking government delegation to discuss and strengthen bilateral relations in all fields.