Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

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Saudi Arabia has been forging links to Iraq since reopening its Baghdad embassy in 2016.

Its adversary Iran has strong Iraqi ties.

  • ICG

If Riyadh avoids antagonising Tehran, invests wisely and quiets anti-Shiite rhetoric, Iraq can be a bridge between the rival powers – not a battleground.

  • What’s new?

After a quarter-century of estrangement, Saudi Arabia has re-opened diplomatic relations with Iraq in an attempt to counter strong Iranian influence.

Stron 1aThe kingdom seeks a role in post-ISIS reconstruction and has set about forging new political alliances.

  • Why does it matter?

The Saudi approach…

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