Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister in Baghdad to sign deals with Iraq

Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister in Baghdad to sign deals with Iraq and now with details

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Visit is Prince Faisal bin Farhan’s first to the capital since assuming his post

Aug 27, 2020

August 27, 2020


facebook shares

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan visited Iraq on Thursday and is expected to announce new agreements between the two nations.

This visit comes at a time when Baghdad and Riyadh are seeking to strengthen their ties, especially in the field of energy as Iraq is experiencing a shortage of electricity.

It is Prince Faisal’s first visit to Iraq since assuming the post last year. He is set to meet his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein and Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi.

The last time a Saudi foreign minister visited Baghdad was in 2017, when Adel Al Jubeir held talks with his Iraqi counterpart in the capital.

Mr Al Kadhimi was due to visit Saudi Arabia last month but the trip was cancelled after King Salman was admitted to hospital in Riyadh.

The kingdom is seeking to ride a wave of Iraqi national pride, reinvest economically and build relationships across ethnic and confessional lines in the country, reported the Crisis Group think tank.

The kingdom cut relations with Baghdad after it invaded Kuwait in 1990. But reconciliation between the two countries began in 2003 after the US invasion. Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad on April 4, 2015, after 25 years.

Riyadh sent an ambassador, Thamer Al Sabhan, to Baghdad shortly after.

But Mr Al Sabhan was forced to leave his post by Iraq less than a year later after he said Iran-backed Shiite militias in the country were exacerbating tension with Sunni Arabs.

But the reopening of the Saudi embassy in Baghdad was seen as heralding closer co-operation against ISIS, which controlled territory in Iraq and Syria at the time.

Consular services were not resumed until then and Iraqis applying for visas had to go through the Saudi embassy in Jordan.

Updated: August 27, 2020 03:13 PM

These were the details of the news Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister in Baghdad to sign deals with Iraq for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at The National and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

PREV Endurance test looms for Biden, Trump in longest campaign
NEXT Ex-UK chancellor calls for memorial for Muslim soldiers