Tag Archives | Saudi Arabia

Why is Iraq not Profiting from Religious Tourism?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Every year, the number of pilgrims visiting religious sites in Iraq increases. After Iranians were not allowed to travel to Mecca to perform the hajj this year due […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali […]

Why did Iraq ask Riyadh to change its Ambassador?

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  A new crisis between Iraq and Saudi Arabia has emerged over Riyadh’s ambassador to Baghdad Thamer al-Sabhan amid calls by the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (pictured) to replace […]

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to remove Ambassador

By John Lee. BBC News reports that Iraq has called on Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador to Baghdad over comments he made about Iran’s involvement in Iraq. Thamer al Sabhan had said Iranian-backed Shia militia are aggravating tensions with Sunni Muslims in Iraq, and allegedly accused the militia of trying to assassinate him. The […]

Iraq Demands Explanation from Saudis for IS Fundraising

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has asked for an explanation from the Saudi authorities for campaigns inside the kingdom with the purpose of raising money to prop up the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in the guise of donation to children. In a statement on Saturday, Iraqi Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmad Jamal said […]

Why Iraqi-Saudi ties are Backsliding yet Again

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is facing a new crisis with Saudi Arabia as a result of their differing points of view regarding regional issues, most notably those related to Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which was recently classified […]

Iraq has World’s 3rd Lowest Oil Production Costs

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Oil quotes a report by Rystad Energy as saying that Iraq has the world’s third-lowest-cost crude oil. Kuwait came in lowest at $8.50 per barrel, with Saudi Arabia at $9.90, followed by Iraq at $10.70. Fourth place went to UAE at $12.30, and Iran took fifth place with $12.60. […]

Saudi Comments on Popular Mobilization Units Anger Iraqis

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Saudi ambassador’s comments on Popular Mobilization Units stir ire of Iraqis The Saudi ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer Sabhan, who was appointed to this position by Saudi Arabia on June 2, 2015, has […]

Widespread Iraqi Anger Threatens Saudi Ties

By Ali Mamouri, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In June, Saudi Arabia announced that it would reopen its embassy in Baghdad after a 25-year rift. Iraqi officials, including President Fuad Masum, had visited Riyadh on Nov. 12, 2014, paving the way for […]

Could Iraq Mediate Iran, Saudi Strife?

By Mohammad Ali Shabani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. [To read about the exciting developments in Iran, check our sister website – Iran Business News.] Several regional states geopolitically situated between Tehran and Riyadh, including Pakistan and Oman, have expressed an interest […]

Iraq Summons Saudi Envoy

Reuters reports that Iraq summoned the new Saudi ambassador, Thamer al-Sabhan, on Sunday after he suggested Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias were exacerbating sectarian tensions and should leave the fight against Islamic State to the Iraqi army and official security forces. Iraq’s foreign ministry called the remarks “a break of diplomatic protocol and based on inaccurate information“. Saudi […]

Video: Saudi-Iran Row – Iraq Offers to Mediate

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is offering to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute, which began when Riyadh executed a prominent Shia cleric. This, along with Tehran’s alleged failure to protect Saudi Arabian […]