Saudi Arabia and Iraq will create a coordinating Council for cooperation

© AFP 2017 / Saul LoebНочной view of the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Archival photoSaudi Arabia and Iraq will create a coordinating Council for cooperation© 2017 AFP / Saul Loeb

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to establish a coordination Council to strengthen cooperation in various fields such as politics, economy, culture, tourism, trade, energy and security, said in a joint communiqué issued Tuesday at the end of the meeting the king of Saudi Arabia with the Prime Minister of Iraq. The text of the document leads the Saudi news Agency SPA.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday arrived on a visit to the Kingdom, where he met with king Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and Deputy crown Prince and defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman.

In addition, Riyadh and Baghdad pointed out in the document on readiness «to continue the successful efforts to combat terrorist organizations, particularly the «Islamic state» (IG banned in Russia – ed.)». They also reaffirmed the need to «dry up the financial sources of terrorism and to deal with its sponsorship, to adhere to the agreements reached by States in this regard».

The two leaders agreed to strengthen collaboration to meet challenges in the fields of politics and security faced by the Arab and Muslim world, primarily related to extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Iraqi Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia took place two weeks after the Kingdom and other Arab countries broke off diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations of supporting terrorism. Some Arab media have pointed out that the sharp aggravation of relations between Doha and its neighbors in the region was caused by their strong dissatisfaction with the decision of Qatar to pay a billion-dollar ransom to the kidnappers Qatari hunters in Iraq, among whom were members of the ruling family. According to these media reports, Riyadh is considered that most of Qatar paid the money went to Iran, which, he believes, supports Shiite groups in Iraq who participated in the kidnapping.

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