"I will go to Saudi Arabia with a large number of businessmen, as we are in front of a major shift in our relations with Saudi Arabia," Mahdi told a press conference after a weekly cabinet meeting, Xinhua reported.
"The visit will witness discussing new agreements, in addition to raising the level of economic cooperation between the two countries," he said.
"The economic agreements will be complementary to the understandings of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council," he added.
On April 2, Mahdi said that he "will make an official visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss issues of trade exchange, customs tariff and the development of relations between the two countries".
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