Saudi Arabia, Iraq Sign Agreement On Electricity Interconnection

The two Arabic countries, Iraq and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on electricity grids, allowing the Kingdom to supply its northern neighbor with electricity.

The MoU was signed between Hamid Al-Ghazi, the Secretary-General of Iraq’s Council of Ministers, and Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman to help Iraq overcome its power shortages.

During the ceremony, Al-Ghazi said Iraq is in dire need of electricity, and this connection with Saudi will increase electric power to the country.

Salman said the agreement with Iraq is the Kingdom’s approach to widening its electricity supply to the region.

Salman said Saudi and Jordan signed an agreement on electrical interconnection, and later on, they signed an agreement with Egypt on linking power grids.

Bilateral relations between Saudi and Iraq have been improved in the last few years, where Riyadh continued to supply power to meet the electric needs of Baghdad.

In 2020, both countries signed joint investment agreements aimed at increasing cooperation in the energy, health, and education sectors.

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