BAGHDAD: Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad, after a 25-year shutdown, which will allow the two countries to cooperate more closely against terrorism, al-Arabiya TV reported on Friday.
The kingdom closed its embassy in Baghdad in 1990, after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Saudi Arabia to reopen Baghdad embassy after 25-year chill
Its reopening will allow the two countries to cooperate on security and the fight against extremism, the new Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Thamer al-Sabhan, told al-Arabiya.
A thaw in the once chilly relations between Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shia-led Iraq could help strengthen a regional alliance against Islamic State militants who have seized territory in Iraq and Syria.
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Saudi Arabia has long accused Iraq of being too close to Shia Iran, its main regional rival, and of encouraging sectarian discrimination against Sunnis, a charge Baghdad denies.