The Iraqi President, Field Marshal Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr on Tuesday (18 April) had talks with Saudi Arabian Defence and Aviation Minster, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz in Baghdad.
SV INT: Iraq President Field Marshal Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr (left) receives Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz ??? and other Saudi officials in Baghdad.
CU: President Al-Bakr and Prince bin Abdul Aziz seated.
CU: Saudi officials.
CU: Iraq officials.
SV: President Al-Bakr accepting gun and Saudi Arabian rug, gifts from King Khalid.
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Background: The Iraqi President, Field Marshal Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr on Tuesday (18 April) had talks with Saudi Arabian Defence and Aviation Minster, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz in Baghdad.
SYNOPSIS: The two men met in the Presidential Palace, where Prince Sultan conveyed the greetings of King Khalid Ibn Abdul Aziz to the Iraqi people. They reviewed the ties of co-operation between their two countries, and discussed ways of advancing general Arab interest.
Formal ties between the two countries go back a long way. They defined their joint frontiers in the Treaty of Mohammara in 1922, and later established a neural zone of 7,000 square kilometres (2,702 square miles) where no military or permanent buildings could be erected. Two later agreements were signed.
Prince Sultan presented to President Al-Bakr a number of gifts from King Khalid. These included a rifle and a Saudi Arabian rug. The major factor that Iraq and Saudi Arabia have in common in modern commerce is that oil is their main source of wealth, and provides the bulk of capital for all state and municipal industries. Iraq has the second-largest oil reserves in the Middle East.
As a founder member of OPEC, Iraq has consistently favoured steep oil price increases, whereas Saudi Arabia has been the most vigorous advocate of more moderate rises, and successfully pursued this policy in 1977.