Saudi Arabia, Iraq postpone PM Kadhimi’s visit due to King Salman’s hospitalization

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi is welcomed by Asaad Al-Eidani, Governor of Basra, at the Basra airport, Iraq, July 15, 2020. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to postpone Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s visit to the Kingdom on Monday due to the hospitalization of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud.

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“The Kingdom appreciates the choice of the Iraqi Prime Minister to visit [Saudi Arabia] as the first country after taking office,” Prince Faisal said on Twitter. “To celebrate this extremely important visit and to provide all means for its success, our rational leadership, in coordination with our brothers in Iraq, opted to postpone the visit until the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is released from the hospital.”

King Salman was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh overnight for medical checks due to an inflammation in the gall bladder, state news agency SPA reported citing a statement from the Royal Court.

The Iraqi prime minister was expected to visit the Kingdom on his first official foreign visit with Iraq's ministers of oil, electricity, planning and finance, according to AFP.

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Last Update: Monday, 20 July 2020 KSA 14:38 - GMT 11:38
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