BAGHDAD Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir built a uncommon go to to Baghdad on Saturday, conference with Iraqi Primary Minister Haider al-Abadi, the premier’s media office environment reported.
It was the very first go to of a senior Saudi minister considering the fact that the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, a spokesman for Iraq’s overseas ministry explained to Reuters.
Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad a year back subsequent a 25-year shutdown.
But Iraq later asked for the ambassador to be replaced following he built remarks about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs and the alleged persecution of Sunni Muslims, angering local Shi’ite politicians and militia leaders.
Saudi Arabia has prolonged accused Iraq of becoming much too close to Shi’ite Iran, its major regional rival, and of encouraging sectarian discrimination towards Sunnis, a charge Baghdad denies.
Enmity among Sunni and Shi’ite regional powers has deepened in latest decades as sectarian conflicts rage in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed Creating by Stephen Kalin Enhancing by Hugh Lawson)