Kingdom names Iraq ambassador

Updated 03 June 2015
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Kingdom names Iraq ambassador

JEDDAH: Newly appointed Saudi ambassadors to Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru and Guinea took oath in front of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday. The king urged the new envoys to work toward strengthening the Kingdom’s foreign ties.
Thamir bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan is the new ambassador to Baghdad. Saudi Arabia is appointing a residential ambassador in Iraq after a break of 24 years. It closed its embassy in Baghdad in 1991 after Saddam Hussein’s regime invaded Kuwait.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq have improved markedly since Haider Al-Abadi took over as prime minister in September 2014. Al-Sabhan is a former Saudi military attaché to Lebanon. Abdullah bin Marzouk Al-Zahrani is the new Saudi ambassador to Pakistan while Abdullah bin Hajjaj Al-Mutairy is the ambassador to Bangladesh.
Munir bin Ibrahim Bunjabi has been appointed ambassador to Peru, Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Sufyan to Nigeria and Sulaiman bin Saleh Al-Fareeh to Guinea.
Other new ambassadors who met with King Salman on Tuesday were: Eid bin Mohammed Al-Thaqafi (Oman), Khaled bin Musaed Al-Anqari (Austria), Ahmed bin Younus Al-Barrak (Japan) and Hani bin Abdullah Mumina (Bosnia-Herzegovina).


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.