Saudi Gazette - 31 July, 2017
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, met influential Iraqi leader of the Sadrist movement Moqtada Al-Sadr here today.
During the meeting, they reviewed the Saudi-Iraqi relations and a number of issues of mutual interest.
It was Al-Sadr’s first visit to Saudi Arabia in nearly 11 years. On his arrival, Al-Sadr was greeted by the Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs, Thamer Al-Sabhan.
“We have been very pleased with what we found to be a positive breakthrough in the Saudi-Iraqi relations, and we hope it is the beginning of the retreat of sectarian strife in the Arab-Islamic region,” a statement from Al-Sadr’s office said.
Al-Sadr, who enjoys a wide base support as leader of Al-Sadr movement, comes from a prominent Shiite family and is the fourth son of a highly-respected Shiite cleric, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadeq Al-Sadr.
The last visit by Sadr to Saudi Arabia came in 2006.