The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said there had been significant progress in talks with Saudi Arabia to supply the country with electricity.
“His country is trying to reach an electric link with the Gulf states,” an Iraqi foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.
He added that “we have a clear road map for the electric connection with the Gulf states,” saying that “the understandings coming with the Gulf countries will go beyond the subject of electric linkage.”
The Iranian government has cut the power supply line to the southern provinces of Iraq, causing a major crisis that has developed into popular protests.
The Iraqi government has decided to supply Kuwait with fuel for power plants as a temporary solution that would lead to agreements between Baghdad, Riyadh and Kuwait to provide Iraq with electricity instead of Tehran, which faces difficult economic conditions after Washington imposed economic sanctions.