Saudi Ara­bia will open con­sulate gen­eral in Er­bil

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Saudi Ara­bia will open a con­sulate gen­eral in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, in the near fu­ture, a well-in­formed source told The Kur­dish Globe.

Ac­cord­ing to the source Saudi Ara­bia was send­ing a high del­e­ga­tion to Iraq ahead of open­ing a con­sulate in Er­bil and an em­bassy in Bagh­dad.

It rep­re­sents the lat­est phase in rap­proche­ment be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iraq, in­clud­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Almost after 24 years Saudi Ara­bia will re­turn to Iraq again.

The del­e­ga­tion would take the nec­es­sary de­ci­sions to choose and equip build­ings for an em­bassy in Bagh­dad and a con­sulate in Er­bil.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, the con­sulates of the five per­me­nant mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil are now opened in Er­bil.

Diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Saudi Ara­bia and Iraq were sev­ered in 1990 but re­stored in 2004 after the fall of Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime.

Last Novem­ber, Iraqi Pres­i­dent Fuad Masum vis­ited Saudi Ara­bia for the first such high-level trip in years in a sign of warm­ing re­la­tions after years of strain be­tween the two coun­tries.

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