Saudi Arabia denies Crown Prince’s visit to Iraq


RIYADH, March 31 (Xinhua) — Saudi Foreign Ministry denied on Saturday media reports of scheduled visit of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud to Iraq, Saudi Press Agency reported.

An official from the ministry hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries and the recent positive developments in all sectors, after more than two decades of cold relations.

The ties between the two states have improved in the recent years, with officials from both countries exchanging visits. In the last quarter of 2017, Saudi Arabia and Iraq singed in Riyadh an agreement to form a coordination council.

The agreement was signed by the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Saudi Arabia aims with the council and other initiatives to reduce the influence of Iran in Iraq.

King Salman has repeatedly stressed the significance of supporting Iraq, its security and stability, prompting the re-opening of the new Arar border crossing last year after it was closed for more than 27 years.

In 2017, Iraq and Saudi Arabia also opened air links when Saudi budget carrier flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990.

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