Saturday, 16 Jan 2021

The Iraqi-Saudi Political, Security and Military Committee holds its meeting

Baghdad, The political, security and military committee of the Saudi Iraqi Coordination Council held its meeting, headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fouad Hussein on the Iraqi side, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on the Saudi side by video communication and in the presence of the members of the committee.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / received a copy of it, that the two sides discussed issues on the committee’s agenda, in a way that enhances the development of joint cooperation between the two countries in various fields.”

The two sides agreed on the following:
– Continuing cooperation and coordination on political, security and military issues.
– Working to develop a common vision of the most important issues of concern to the two countries in various fields.
– Providing support for the opening of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Commercial Attaché in Baghdad.
– Expediting the opening of the Arar border crossing, due to its importance in promoting trade cooperation between the two countries.
– Facilitating procedures for granting entry visas to businessmen in both countries.
– Studying the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding to exempt holders of diplomatic, service and special passports from entry visas for both countries, except for the Hajj season.
– Consultation and coordination regarding mutual support in international forums.
– Strengthening security and intelligence cooperation with regard to combating crime and smuggling.
– To expedite the signing of a memorandum of understanding for security between the Ministries ofI in both countries.
– Cooperation in the military fields by holding joint exercises within the framework of a memorandum of understanding concluded between the two countries in the military field, opening military attachés in both countries and exchanging training courses and experiences in the field of studies and strategic planning.
– Continuing support for Iraq’s efforts in cooperation with the International Coalition to Combat ISIS terrorist organization.
– Working to develop a common vision towards the issues of the region (the Palestinian issue, Syria, Turkey, Libya, and Yemen).
– Securing the protection of the trade route linking the two countries.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue cooperation and coordination in various fields, exchange visits, and continue holding the committee emanating from the council in a way that enhances bilateral cooperation and achieves the aspirations of the leaderships and peoples of the two countries.


Source: National Iraqi News Agency

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