The Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, said: The Kingdom appreciates the choice of the Iraqi Prime Minister to visit it as the first country after assuming his position, and to celebrate this extremely important visit, and a desire to provide all means of success for it, our rational leadership, in coordination with our brothers in Iraq, chose to postpone the visit until after leaving the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, from the hospital. "
For his part, Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman stressed the importance of Iraq in relation to the Kingdom and vice versa, and he said in a tweet on his official account on Twitter: "Iraq represents an important strategic dimension for the Kingdom and vice versa. Therefore, it was natural for Riyadh to occupy a first stop in the schedule of visits of Mr. Mustafa al-Kazemi and the leadership of the two countries preferred to postpone it until after the departure of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, may God protect him from the hospital, to give it the appropriate position which deserves as a high-level state visit. "
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, had entered the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh in the morning to perform some tests, due to the presence of inflammation in the gallbladder, according to a statement issued by the Royal Court.
It is reported that the Iraqi Prime Minister was expected to visit Saudi Arabia on Monday, on his first foreign visit after taking office, at the head of a delegation that includes oil, electricity, planning and finance ministers, and then Iran, and then Washington later this month.