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Iraqi Prime Minister heads to Saudi Arabia in Iran for a new dialogue

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FILE - Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Al-Kadhimi is set to fly to Saudi Arabia, followed by Iran, carrying a new initiative aimed at renewing talks between the two regional arch foes, an official said Saturday, June 25, 2022.
File-Iraq Prime Mustafa Minister Al Kadimi will speak in an interview with the Associate Press on Monday, August 17, 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq. Two regional enemies, officials said on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Photo by Khalid Mohammed/Related Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Caretaker Prime Minister Flyes to Saudi Arabia Officials said on Saturday that it was planned and subsequently Iran is undertaking a new initiative aimed at renewing negotiations between the two regional enemies.

Officials said Mustafa al-Kadimi will travel to Riad later that day for a meeting with Saudi officials. Then he will travel to Teheran on Sunday.

Arkadimi's visit aims to open a new path to revitalize the Baghdad dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to officials familiar with the Iran-Saudi dialogue track. I am. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, as the press did not have the authority to disclose the information.

When Saudi Arabia sought a way to end a tragic war with the Iran-backed Hooty rebels in Yemen, negotiations aimed at relieving long-standing tensions between local enemies were: It started quietly in 2021 in the capital of Iraq. The conflict caused one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, resulting in bombs from rebel drones and missiles pouring into Saudi airports and oil facilities.

After the fifth and final negotiations in Baghdad in April, it was suspended again as tensions in the Middle East increased.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest Siite Muslim country and the great power of Sunni, broke diplomatic relations in 2016 after Saudi Arabia executed the prominent Siite priest Nimuru Arnimul. Angry Iranians protesting the execution attacked two Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, fueling long-standing hostility between nations.

Iraq borders both Iran and Saudi Arabia and is often captured in the midst of a surrogate war between the two countries.

Al-Kadhimi emphasized that he wanted a balanced relationship with his two neighbors. Improving relations with Saudi Arabia was an important policy of his administration when he took office in May 2020.

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