2007 News Story

Iraq reopens embassy in Saudi Arabia after 17 years

Iraq reopened its embassy in Riyadh yesterday, formally resuming diplomatic relations after 17 years, the Arab News reported today.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, who was on a two-day visit to the Kingdom, opened the embassy in a ceremony yesterday.

He said that the reopening of the embassy in Riyadh was based on an Iraqi government initiative to restore full diplomatic relations with Arab and Islamic countries, beginning with Saudi Arabia.

“With the reopening of our missions in the Kingdom, we are able to extend our hands of friendship, which will help resolve a number of key issues,” Zebari said, as quoted in the Arab News. “The presence of the consulate here essentially will help us streamline the Hajj and Umrah traffic from Iraq.”