SHAFAQNA – Saudi Arabia is planning to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, for the first time in 25 years, official Saudi media say.
According to PressTV, Saudi officials will travel to Baghdad in the coming week to begin preparations for the opening of the embassy “at the earliest opportunity,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Saturday, citing an unnamed source in the country’s Foreign Ministry.
The Saudi government also plans to open a general consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the SPA reported.
“A technical committee from the Foreign Ministry will leave for … Baghdad this week to coordinate with the Iraqi Foreign Ministry on the necessary arrangements for selecting and making ready the appropriate buildings for both missions,” the agency noted.
The move is expected to improve mutual relations between Baghdad and Riyadh, which have been strained after Saudi Arabia closed the doors of its embassy in the Iraqi capital in 1990 following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait during the tenure of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi President Fuad Masum visited Saudi Arabia last November on the first such high-level trip in years in a sign of a thaw in ties between the two countries.