The Iraqi government welcomed on Tuesday, the arrival of a Saudi diplomatic mission to Baghdad, the first in 25 years, which included the officer-in-charge Yehya Shrahili and a staff consisting of 35 diplomats and security guards preparing to reopen the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Iraq after 25 years of boycott, as a result of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.
Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi ambassador to Iraq confirmed to Asharq Al-Awsat that the Saudi flag would be raised at the center of the Saudi embassy in Baghdad after a week from now, announcing the embassy’s resumption of diplomatic work.
Al-Sabhan said there are many files that would be put forth after the resumption of diplomatic work at the embassy. Some will be about the politics between the two countries, some also economic given that they are both working on supporting and opening up room for economic partnership.
He added “it is important for us to open up opportunities for trade and economy between the two countries; we are working on bringing perspectives closer, and facilitating the course of trade between Saudi and Iraqi businessmen”.