Iraqi President Calls for Strong Ties with Saudi Arabia

The second non-Arab and current president of Iraq, Muhammad Fuad Masum has given special attention to the strong brotherly and friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and his country. While commending the kingdom’s important position on the Islamic World, he said the Saudi Arabia ad Iraq’s relations are based on a strong foundation.

Iraq’s cultural and historical importance has also been noted by Masum and he stressed his country’s desire and aim to strengthen bilateral relations with the Kingdom in the various fields. He made the pronouncement while receiving a Saudi media delegation recently. He told the delegation that they are making speedy steps toward bolstering relations with the Kingdom.

Saudi’s Ambassador to Iraq Abdul Aziz Shammari also attended the important meeting.

Masum told the Saudi editors and senior reporters that his first foreign visit after becoming president was to Saudi Arabia, a sign of how close he wants his country to be with the Saudi Kingdom.

The president noted that his country will not become a party of regional conflicts, adding that he rejects foreign intervention in the affairs of the others. He also added that Baghdad would try by all means to bring countries closer toward solving regional conflicts.

Iraq always wanted to work for strengthening peaceful ties, understanding and cooperation between brotherly and friendly countries and promoting security, progress and continues peace in the region, he added.

Masum praised Saudi Arabia’s good stance on regional issues and its continuous support for Iraq and its people. He affirmed that his country will forget this support. He also praised Kuwait for its support during the conference it hosted to reconstruct Iraqi cities liberated from Daesh terror group.

He went further to talk about the economy and investment opportunities in his state. President Masum said Iraq is well prepared to welcome investment companies and capital funds to reconstruct the country, to restore the country’s security and stability. He talked about the importance of media organizations has in carrying out their mission with professionalism and trust.

The Saudi media delegation visited the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate where Moaid Allami, president of the organization, explained the activities and programs of his organization and its role in promoting professionalism.

President of Saudi Journalists Association, Khaled Al-Malik, thanked the syndicate for the warm welcome it accorded to his delegation. He noted that the visit was important as it aimed to help them understand how Iraq is faring especially after liberating territory formerly held by Daesh terrorists. He praised the Iraqi journalists’ professionalism and their efforts in promoting peace and getting rid of terrorism.

The Saudi delegation met with the Iraqi Labor and Industry Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudan and discussed investment incentives offered by Iraq and the prospects of expanding industrial and economic cooperation between both countries.

They also held talks with the interior Minister Qasim Al-Araji, who accompanied the Saudis while visiting Baghdad. He talked about the encouraging security situation in the Iraqi capital.

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