Saudi Arabia offers great economic offers to Iraq … and the opening of Arar “very close”
Iraqi sources said that the Saudi side during the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council put forward ideas and proposals to build industrial cities inside Iraq, and free trade areas, as well as investment in the field of renewable energy.
The Ambassador of Iraq to Saudi Arabia, Qahtan Al-Janabi, said in a press statement that “the meetings of the Coordination Council, which concluded its work in Riyadh, were serious and their results are fruitful, expecting that economic, cultural, commercial and investment relations will witness broad progress.”
“Two memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries, one between the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, and the other between the Iraqi government and the Saudi Fund for Development regarding financing some projects in Iraq, and these meetings differ from its predecessors by the great desire of both parties to start implementing these projects and entering the market, investment and implementation In reality”.
Al-Janabi pointed out to “a meeting that included Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Minister of Energy, in the presence of Aramco, Aqua Power and Zahed companies, with the Iraqi finance, planning, oil and electricity ministers, during which important projects were discussed in Iraq and agreement on a timetable to start them.”
Al-Janabi added, “These projects are like the associated gas investment in which Aramco has great experience in it, and the field of solar energy and alternative energy through Aqua Power and Al Zahid, and we expect in the near future visits to these companies and studies to implement them, and there is understanding between the two sides.”
The Iraqi ambassador also expressed optimism about the results of the meetings of the Coordination Council, which brought together senior Saudi businessmen who have business in Iraq or who are interested in entering the Iraqi market.
He added that “convincing proposals have been put forward to the Iraqi side, including building industrial cities inside Iraq and building an economic free zone in the Arar port that merchants from both countries can enter freely, exchange goods, buy and sell, and establish warehouses, and these projects will be funded by businessmen.”
Al-Janabi indicated that the Saudi businessmen suggested the establishment of a special office for Saudi investors in Baghdad linked to a government agency to facilitate the work of investors, indicating that these ideas are welcome from the Iraqi side in full.
Al-Janabi also expected the opening of a new port of Arar, the border between the two countries, in the near future, and he said in this regard, “The Iraqi government is ready to open the port and we hope that it will be as soon as possible. We just expect the port to open very soon.” Source