Saudi Arabia reopens embassy in Baghdad

The reopening will allow the two countries cooperate on security and against extremism, says Saudi ambassador to Iraq


Reuters January 01, 2016
Saudi Arabia's King Salman (C) attends a session of Saudi Shura Council in Riyadh, December 23, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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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.

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