Al-Kazemi and bin Salman confirm a number of issues concerning Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran
A statement issued by the Iraqi government stated that during the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and the importance of developing them in a way that achieves the interests of the peoples of the two countries. The two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, and efforts to consolidate peace and calm in the region.
The statement added that the meeting witnessed an emphasis on strengthening economic integration and inter-regional cooperation in 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 bringing the views of the region closer and advancing calm efforts and constructive dialogues forward, according to the statement.
The Saudi royal court had announced earlier that US President Joe Biden would visit Saudi Arabia in mid-July to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the visit schedule includes a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah Bin Al Hussein.
And on Friday, a number of members of the Iraqi parliament collected signatures asking Al-Kazemi not to sign any agreement or treaty while attending the Saudi meeting in the presence of the American president.
And Baghdad embraced negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia with the aim of calming the two sides, reopening embassies between Riyadh and Tehran, and ending regional crises, especially in Yemen.
It is noteworthy that Riyadh severed relations with Tehran in 2016 after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the Iranian capital to protest the execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia.
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