Saudi Arabia reopens Baghdad Embassy after 25-year shutdown

Saudi Arabia reopens its embassy in Baghdad after 25-year shutdown to cooperate on security and fight against extremism says new Saudi Ambassador Thamer al Sabhan

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

A street view of Baghdad, capital city of Iraq.

Saudi Arabia has reopened its embassy in Baghdad the capital city of Iraq, a Saudi TV Al Arabiya reported on Friday.  

The embassy was reopened after 25-year shutdown, a move which will allow the two countries to cooperate more closely against terrorism.

The new Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Thamer al Sabhan, told Al Arabiya that the reopening of the embassy will allow the two countries to cooperate on security and fight against extremism.

Recent development between Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite-led Iraq is expected to strengthen a regional alliance against DAESH who captured territories in Iraq and Syria.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long accused Iraq its main regional rival, of being too close to Shiite Iran and of encouraging sectarian discrimination against Sunnis, a charge Baghdad denies. 

Saudi Arabia closed its embassy in Baghdad in 1990 following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. 

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