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Abdul Mahdi begins a Gulf tour Monday

A source familiar with the intention of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Gulf tour of two stations this week beginning on Monday after the twentieth of May.

“The prime minister will visit Qatar on Monday and meet with Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and discuss Iraqi-Qatari relations and ways to develop them, especially after Doha raises its diplomatic representation in Baghdad to ambassador Khaled Hamad al-Sulaiti,” the source said.

He said that “Abdul-Mahdi will discuss with Al-Thani the Iraqi-Gulf relations and the file of the crisis in it as well as the developments currently taking place in the region and the need to unify positions and move to create ways to ease the conflict and to find a ground that would endanger the danger of all.”

He pointed out that “Abdul Mahdi’s first visit to Qatar since he took over the Iraqi government will continue one day, then return to Baghdad on Tuesday.”

The source said that “Abdul Mahdi will next Wednesday visit is also his first to Kuwait and meet with senior officials, including the Amir of the country Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.”

He explained that “the Prime Minister will discuss in Kuwait the remaining issues outstanding between the two countries and the need to invest the positive relationship between them to close all the files under discussion.”

The source pointed out that “the Iraqi-Gulf relations and recent developments in the region will be present in the talks, which will confirm during Iraq that the need to find an Arab-Gulf consensus on them to defuse the crisis and remove the risks from the region.”

The source said that “coinciding with the visit of the Gulf Abdul-Mahdi with the visit of the Emir of Qatar to Kuwait, Sunday, May 19, 2019, will gain momentum on the way to find a tripartite understanding in front of developments in the region.”

Abdul Mahdi’s Gulf tour comes at a time of growing tension between Washington and Tehran after the US Defense Department announced the dispatch of the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and Middle East bombers to intelligence about possible preparations by Iran to carry out attacks against troops or interests. American.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi visited Saudi Arabia on April 17 and met with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a two-day visit and witnessed the signing of 13 memorandums of understanding, including agreements on political cooperation, A memo of understanding in the field of agricultural cooperation, a memorandum of understanding in the field of industry and mineral wealth, a memorandum of understanding in the field of oil and gas, a memorandum of understanding in the field of electric energy, and a memorandum of understanding in the field of scientific and educational cooperation between the Saudi Ministry of Education The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Iraq, a memorandum of understanding on a program for cultural cooperation, a memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Iraqi Ministry of Education, a memorandum of understanding on a technical cooperation program, a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of electric interconnection and a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the maritime field, On

“Iraq is not like yesterday, and Baghdad is receiving friendly and friendly delegations on a regular basis,” he said. “Iraq is serious in implementing the agreements it signed in Saudi Arabia and until Iraq takes its role in light of the will. Political and common desire to build better relations. ”

On October 7, the UAE sent an official invitation to Prime Minister Adel al-Mahdi to visit Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who discussed with the prime minister means of boosting bilateral relations in a telephone conversation. Source