Two days ago, King Salman received Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in Jeddah.
This meeting is significant at this time when Iraq is fighting a huge war against ISIS in Mosul and other areas. It appears that Abadi is trying hard to strengthen Iraqi independence and “enable” the Iraqi state to perform its role.
Saudi Arabia restored its relations with Iraq and Riyadh assigned its first envoy Thamer al-Sabhan who later became the Gulf Affairs Minister. Sabhan was then replaced by Abdulaziz Al Shamri. Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir also visited Baghdad.
A difficult task
Iraq and Saudi Arabia have a lot to work on together to strengthen security and revive real economic development and partnershipsMashari Althaydi