Iraqi president would visit Riyadh amid long-chilly relations

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iraqi President Fuad Masum plans to pay a visit to Saudi Arabia, amid the ISIL terrorist cult’s atrocities in the Middle East region.

Saudi state media reported on Wednesday that Masum would visit Riyadh on Tuesday but they gave no further details on the visit.

This would be the first Iraqi presidential visit to Saudi Arabia since 2010 and according political analysts, such an event could bring about new possibilities for both countries to see a thaw in their ties.

While Iraqi officials have had multilateral meetings in Saudi Arabia in recent years, mutual talks have been a rarity since Riyadh shut down its Baghdad embassy in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

Masum’s visit comes as former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused neighboring Saudi Arabia in January of supporting terrorist groups operating inside his country.

“The current terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia,” Maliki said in an interview, blaming the country along with Qatar and Turkey for sponsoring terrorism in Syria and Iraq. Maliki was replaced by Abadi in June.

ISIL terrorists are in control of large areas across eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

They have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.





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