Cooperation, assistance can solve region's tragedies Abadi

The region is witnessing large-scale of tragedies that can be solved by cooperation and assistance, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday, noting that the Arab and Islamic nations have a role to play in construction and development.

He added that Iraq will not be a party in any disputes, but will represent one of stability and convergence factors.

In a statement, al-Abadi's media office noted that the prime minister received Monday night the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz at his residence in Mecca.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed cooperation in the fight against terrorism and bolstering bilateral ties and common interests that serve the Iraqi and Saudi peoples, the statement read.

It added that Abadi discussed with the Saudi deputy crown prince investment opportunities in energy, agriculture and industry sectors as well as security cooperation.

Iraq has success potential more than Saudi Arabia for its privileged location and its people's bright minds, Mohamed bin Salman said, adding that his country is ready to support Iraq.

He also noted that the cooperation between the two countries is a turning point in the region.

On Monday, the Iraqi prime minister to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a diplomatic effort to foster regional reconciliation.