Baghdad: Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi headed on Monday to Saudi Arabia, the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also include Iran and Kuwait, in a diplomatic effort to foster regional reconciliation, his office said.
Abadi's visit to Saudi Arabia aims to promote reconciliation between the kingdom and Iraq.
Abadi had been due to visit Riyadh last week but postponed his trip to avoid appearing to take sides in a diplomatic dispute that erupted between Qatar and other Arab states including Saudi Arabia, officials have said.
Qatar is facing an economic and diplomatic boycott by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which accuse Doha of funding terrorism, fomenting regional unrest and cosying up to Iran. Qatar denies the charges.
Abadi's meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia will be their second meeting this year.
"We don't want to be part of any axis," Abadi said as he left Baghdad.
"We want to co-ordinate with these states to continue fighting terrorism," Abadi said, referring to Islamic State, the hardline group which controls parts of Iraq and Syria, and has claimed attacks in Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries.
King Salman and Abadi last met in March on the sidelines of an Arab summit. In February Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad.