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Preparations for opening Saudi consulate in Najaf in full swing

King Salman and PM Abadi

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.

 

 

Last Modified: Wednesday، 04 October 2017 12:57 PM
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