Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi Visits Saudi Arabia as Relations Warm

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi and a delegation visited Saudi Arabia yesterday and met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as relations between the two nations continue to warm.

Khalid Al-Falih meets the Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals.

Khalid Al-Falih meets the Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals.

The Prime Minister’s office said the leaders signed 13 agreements in areas such as trade, energy and political cooperation, without giving further details, according to Reuters.

Recently, Saudi Arabia and Iraq have pushed to improve ties between the two nations, the two largest oil producers within OPEC. Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi went to Riyadh with “a large delegation” which included officials and businessmen, with trade billed as a prime focus.

The Wednesday visit came two weeks after Saudi Arabia reopened its consulate in Baghdad for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Abdul-Mahdi recently conducted a similar visit to neighboring Iran. Iraq hopes to maintain strong ties with Iran, but also with the United States and regional neighbors, the Prime Minister said.