Saudi Arabia, Iraq pledge to boost ties

Cairo: Saudi Arabia and Iraq have pledged to strengthen cooperation and operate a border crossing between the two neighbours. The step followed a meeting of a Saudi-Iraqi coordination council and online e talks between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi.

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A joint statement said that the two Arab countries have agreed to open Jadeeda Arar border crossing in seven days and set up a Saudi commercial attache office in Baghdad.

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They also pledged to continue joint cooperation against extremism and terrorism as well as securing their joint border.

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“The two countries are neighbours,” Prince Mohammed said during the virtual talks. “We are Arabs, follow the same religion and share the same interests and challenges,” he added.

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In recent years, ties have grown between Saudi Arabia and Iraq after years of strains resulting from Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

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