Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi described on Sunday his country’s relations with Saudi Arabia as strong and coherent, revealing that during his last visit to the Kingdom, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed full understanding with his mission to promote calm in the region.
“I held honest, deep and bold talks with King Salman and the Crown Prince,” the Iraqi PM said in a brief interview with Asharq Al-Awsat.
Abdul Mahdi said he discussed with the Saudi leadership an array of issues mainly US-Iranian escalation, in addition to the situation in Yemen.
He said Iraq and Saudi Arabia agreed on the importance of calm in the region.
“All parties recognize the important role that Baghdad plays in that regard,” Abdul Mahdi said, adding that Saudi Arabia presented a comprehensive and clear vision concerning the latest developments in the region.
“In general, there are encouraging signs on truce,” he said.
Commenting on the September 14 attacks on Saudi Aramco's oil facilities, the Iraqi PM said that the Kingdom hasn’t accused Iraq in targeting the Abqaiq plant and Khurais oilfield.
“On the contrary, we were thanked by Saudi Arabia when I explained to the Kingdom’s leadership our position,” he said.
Abdul Mahdi told Asharq Al-Awsat that he made ample assurances that Iraq would not be a launchpad for any target on Saudi territories.
“Finding a solution to the Yemeni crisis is key to solving the regional crisis,” the Iraqi PM stated.