Saudi Arabia to resume direct flights to Iraq in attempt to strengthen countries’ relations

After he spoke out against Iran at the 53rd Munich Security Conference, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir flew to Baghdad in order to strengthen his country’s relations with Baghdad. The last time a Saudi foreign minister visited Iraq was in 1990.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Munich Photo Credit: EPA

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir flew to Baghdad on Saturday in order to meet with Iraqi officials. This was the first time that a Saudi foreign minister has visited Iraq since 1990. It was also the first such visit by a senior level Saudi diplomat since the U.S. invasion in 2003.

During his meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia will replace its current ambassador to Baghdad. Last year, Iraq requested that the Saudi ambassador be replaced after he alleged that Tehran is involved in Iraqi politics.

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According to Reuters, an unnamed Iraqi Foreign Ministry official said that the Iraqi officials and al-Jubeir stressed the importance of strengthening their countries’ relations with each other. In addition, al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia plans to resume direct flights between the two countries.

Al-Jubeir visited Iraq after the 53rd Munich Security Conference. During his speech at the international conference, al-Jubeir spoke out against Tehran: “Iran remains the single main sponsor of terrorism in the world. It’s determined to upend the order in the Middle East.”



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