Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – An Iraqi delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ali Abdulamir Allawi, who is also serving as minister of finance and minister of oil, arrived in Riyadh on Sunday on an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At King Khalid International Airport, Allawi and his accompanying delegation were received by Minister of Commerce Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, who leads the Saudi side at the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council; Minister of Investment Eng. Khalid Al-Falih; Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Al-Khorayef; and Minister of Transport Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser.
The welcoming team also comprised Vice Minister of Finance Dr. Hamad Al-Bazai; Vice Minister of Economy and Planning Faisal Al-Ibrahim; Governor of the Saudi Customs Authority Ahmed Al-Haqbani; Governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade Abdulrahman bin Ahmed Al-Harbi, who serves as Secretary General of the Saudi side at the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and Saudi Ambassador to Iraq Abdulaziz Al-Shammari.
Headed by the deputy prime minister, the Iraqi delegation to the joint committee includes Minister of Planning Khalid Battal Najim; Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar; Health Minister Dr. Hassan Mohamed Al-Tamimi; Electricity Minister Majid Mahdi Hantoush; Agriculture Minister Mohamed Karim Al Khafaji; Iraqi Minister of Youth and Sports Adnan Dirjal; Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Hamid Naim al-Ghazi; Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Abdul Karim Hashim; and Ambassador of Iraq to Saudi Arabia Dr. Qahtan Taha Khalaf Al-Janabi.
The visit comes as part of activities of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council, which aims to enhance ties between the two countries at the strategic level and cooperation in various fields. It also seeks to develop partnership between the private sectors in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, open new horizons of cooperation in the economic, development, security, investment, tourism, cultural and media fields, deepen joint cooperation between the two sides at international and regional platforms and protect common interests.