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Iraq hails new page in Iran-Saudi relations

March 10, 2023 08:34 PM


Iraq welcomed a surprise agreement reached between Iran and Saudi Arabia Friday to restore diplomatic ties, saying the move would turn a new leaf in relations between the regional heavyweights.

Riyadh cut ties with Tehran after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic republic in 2016 following the Saudi execution of revered Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.

They said in a joint statement that they had agreed to restore ties and to reopen diplomatic missions within two months after five days of unannounced talks in China.

"A new page has been opened in diplomatic relations between the two countries," the Iraqi foreign ministry said.

The agreement between Iraq's neighbours would provide "impetus for the cooperation of countries in the region", it said in a brief statement.

Iraq had hosted several rounds of reconciliation talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia since April 2021.

Those encounters were held at a relatively low level, involving security and intelligence officials.

Shiite-majority Iran and mainly Sunni Saudi Arabia support rival sides in multiple conflicts across the Middle East, including in Yemen where the Huthi rebels are backed by Tehran, and Riyadh leads a military coalition supporting the government.



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