Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister made a rare visit to Baghdad in an attempt to mend the kingdom’s tense relations with Iraq.
Adel al-Jubeir’s surprise trip on Saturday marked the first official visit by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990, and the first high-level visit since the 2003 US-led invasion.
“It’s the hope of kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build excellent relations between the two brotherly countries,” Jubeir told reporters. “There are also many shared interests from fighting extremism and terrorism or opportunities for investment and trade between the two countries.”
Jubeir, who met with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, also announced Saudi’s plan to appoint a new ambassador to Iraq.