Iraq
Saudi crown prince offers full support for Iraq's security: Iraq PM's office

 Saudi crown prince offers full support for Iraq's security: Iraq PM's office


Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Thursday offered his full support for Iraq's continued security in a phone call to Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi.

The countries have been at loggerheads since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The call was the latest indication of attempts to improve relations, which began with the reopening of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Baghdad in 2016.

"His Highness ... expressed ...full support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Iraq and its support for its permanent security and prosperity," a statement from Mahdi's office said.

Saudi Arabia is wooing Baghdad as part of a combined effort with the United States to stem the growing regional influence of Iran, while Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with Riyadh.

The Iraqi premier welcomed the "development of relations," the statement said.

In October 2017, two months before Iraq declared victory over Daesh (ISIS), the countries established the Iraqi-Saudi Joint Coordination Council, to help rebuild devastated areas retaken from the militants in Iraq.