‘After 30 years’, Saudi Arab opens Consulate in Iraq
Saudi Arab has opened a Consulate in Baghdad for first time in nearly 30 years in a bid to improve ties with Iraq.
The Consulate, which would issue visas to Iraqis, was opened during a two-day visit by a delegation headed by Saudi Minister of Commerce and Investment, Majid bin Abdullah al-Qasabi.
Riyadh seeks closer ties to Iraq in an effort to counter Iran’s growing regional influence.
Iraqi Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ahmad Sahhaf said that Consulate was opened inside the heavily fortified Green Zone. He said that move is expected to benefit both countries.
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi is visiting Iran on Saturday and plans to visit Saudi Arabia later this month.
Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iraq when it invaded Kuwait in 1990.