Saudi Arabia and Iraq Chart Closer Ties

Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir recently became the first Saudi foreign minister to visit Iraq in 27 years.

Recent high-level meetings between Saudi and Iraqi officials signal a renewal ties between the neighboring countries.

Ahmad Jamal, the spokesman for the Iraqi foreign ministry, said said that ties between the Iraq and Saudi Arabia were reinvigorated following a recent visit by the Saudi foreign minister to Baghdad.

“The opening of the Saudi embassy in Baghdad earlier this year was an important step in repairing the relations between the two countries,” Jamal said. “Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir’s visit opened doors. There will be more high-level visits in the near future.”

Al-Jubeir’s surprise visit to Baghdad marked the first visit by a Saudi foreign minister to Iraq in over 27 years. At the time, Al-Jubeir remarked, “It is the hope of kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build excellent relations between the two brotherly countries. There are many shared interests from fighting extremism and terrorism or opportunities for investment and trade between the two countries.”

At this month’s Arab League Summit Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi held a one-on-one meeting.

 

Another recent milestone in Saudi-Iraqi relations was a donation by the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief of 10 tons of medical supplies to fight a cholera outbreak in Iraq. Iraqi parliamentarian Dr. Ghada Al-Shammari praised the donation, saying “This is a message and initiative by Saudi Arabia, known for its humanitarian stand with all neighboring countries in any kind of crisis.”

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