Saudi Arabia reopened the embassy after 25 years

January 2016, International

In Brief:


Saudi Arabia country has reopened its embassy in Baghdad after a closure that lasted 25 years. The kingdom closed the embassy in 1990, after Saddam Hussein ordered an 
invasion of Saudi ally Kuwait.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari accepted the credentials of Ambassador Thamir al-Sabhan. Both diplomats underlined the necessity for their countries to boost bilateral relations in all fields.
Iraq has been balancing delicately amid the latest regional turmoil between Saudi Arabia and its longtime regional rival, Iran, in the wake of the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

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