Saudi Arabia readies team to choose embassy location in Iraq

A picture released by the Saudi Press Agency shows Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (R) meeting Iraqi President Fuad Masum (L) in Riyadh. (Photo courtesy: SPA)

Saudi Arabia will be sending envoys to choose a new location for the kingdom’s embassy in the Iraqi capital in the upcoming weeks, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Thursday.

Saudi Foreign Ministry Spokesman and Ambassador Osama Naqli told Asharq al-Awsat that the new embassy will be in the fortified Green Zone, however the “exact location is still not fixed” as coordination is undergoing with the Iraqi government.

Meanwhile, Naqli stated that the envoys were “technical” rather than “political.”

In mid-November, Iraqi President Fuad Masum arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with his “brother” King Abdullah, signifying a thaw in relations.

Saudi Arabia cut its diplomatic ties with Iraq after the latter’s invasion of neighboring Kuwait in 1990.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43