S Arabia appoints first ambassador to Iraq after 25 years

Saudi Arabia re-opens embassy in Baghdad that was closed since invasion of Kuwait by Iraq’s Saddam

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia appoints Thamer al Sabhan as a residential Ambassador to Iraq on Tuesday after a 25 years of absence, following months of negotiations between the neighbouring countries.

Saudi Arabia had closed its Baghdad embassy in 1991, after Iraq’s late president Saddam Hussein invaded their common neighbour Kuwait.

“Saudi Arabia’s decision to appoint a new ambassador to Baghdad is a positive step in the development of relations between the two countries,’’ Abbas al Bayati, member of the Iraqi Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations, told Anadolu Agency.

Al Bayati said ISIS causes risk for the Gulf countries and that both countries need to cooperate with each other to fight against terrorism.

“Many countries began to notice the Iraqi government's national reconciliation efforts and Sunday’s visit of Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah indicates the impact of Iraq’s new policy initiatives on the Gulf countries,” he added.

Saudi Arabia began its moves towards rapprochement after Haider al Abadi was appointed as Iraq’s new prime minister in August, 2014 and since then the relations between two countries have markedly improved. 

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