Iraqi PM meets King Salman on first visit to Saudi Arabia
17 Apr 2019
King Salman Bin Abdulaziz walks with Adel Abdul Mahdi during his visit in Riyadh on Wednesday. Reuters
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi made his first visit to Saudi Arabia since taking office six months ago, meeting King Salman during the stop on a regional tour that has also seen visits to Cairo and Tehran in recent weeks.
The premier went to Riyadh with a large delegation including officials and businessmen, with trade billed as a prime focus of the discussions between OPEC's two largest oil producers. Abdul Mahdi's office said the leaders had signed 13 agreements in areas such as trade, energy and political cooperation.
Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia reopened a consulate in Baghdad which had been closed for 30 years. King Salman also announced his country would provide Iraq $1 billon to build sport facilities, an announcement which kicked of a two-day visit to Iraq by high-level Saudi officials.