Preparations for opening Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Najaf are in full swing, well-informed sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Wednesday.
The sources said this move has positive dimensions in light of recent development in Baghdad-Riyadh relations.
In mid-August, Iraqi Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Rushdi Al-Ani said that Riyadh intends to open a consulate in Basra.
At the time, Rushdi confirmed that he received an urgent request from Saudi Arabia to open a new consulate in Najaf.
By enhancing ties with Baghdad, Saudi Arabia seeks to halt the growing regional influence of arch-foe Iran.
The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break.
The two countries announced in June they would set up a coordination council to upgrade ties.