Iraqi PM says visit to UAE part of government’s approach to enhance regional relations

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi (L) meets with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 4, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said on Sunday his visit to the United Arab Emirates is part of the government’s approach to develop Iraq’s regional and international relations.   

The Iraqi premier accompanied by a delegation headed to the UAE on Sunday morning to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed received the Iraqi prime minister and his accompanying delegation at the presidential airport in the emirate.

“As part of government’s approach to enhance Iraq’s regional and international relations, I am today in the UAE with an official delegation,” Kadhimi said in a tweet.

“We discussed a number of joint issues, enabling an even more advanced relation and cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

Ahead of his travel, Iraqi Airways announced plans to start direct flights to the UAE capital on May 1, the state-owned Iraqi news agency cited the company as saying.

Khadimi’s visit to the UAE follows one to Saudi Arabia last week, during which Riyadh said it would increase investments in Iraq by five-fold to $2.67 billion.

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