Saudi Arabia to appoint new Iraq envoy

T-Mag Saturday 25/February/2017 18:55 PM
By: Times News Service
Saudi Arabia to appoint new Iraq envoy

Baghdad: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir told Iraqi officials in Baghdad on Saturday that the kingdom plans to appoint a new ambassador, an Iraqi foreign ministry official said.
Iraq last year asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador, Thamer Al Sabhan, after his comments about Iraqi affairs angered local politicians and militia leaders.
Jubeir's visit to Baghdad is the first by a Saudi foreign minister since 1990.
On his visit, Jubeir met his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim a-Jaafari and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi.
Sabhan was the first ambassador appointed by Saudi Arabia after it reopened its embassy in Baghdad in 2015 following a 25-year break.