Tag Archives | Saudi Arabia

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 […]

Iraq May Reopen the Yanbu Pipeline

By Simon Kent. Following the news earlier this month that Saudi Arabia is reopening their embassy in Baghdad, an un-named official in Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has suggested there may be a plan to reopen the Yanbu pipeline from Iraq to Saudi Arabia. Speaking to Baghdad paper Al Sabah, the official said that Iraq was […]

Saudi Re-Opens Iraq Embassy after 25 Years

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia has re-opened its embassy in Baghdad, 25 years after relations were broken over Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The embassy will have an initial staff of 35 people, and a consulate is expected to open later in Erbil. Diplomatic relations were restored in 2004 after the toppling of the Saddam Hussein […]

KRG Pres Barzani and Saudi King Salman Meet in Riyadh‏

KRG President Masoud Barzani as part of his visit to the Persian Gulf region has met with His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia. King Salman and President Barzani discussed the current issues facing the region in particular and te entirety of the world in general in the hands of […]

Could Saudi-Iraqi ties be Key to Defeating IS?

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi-Saudi relations are the main key to the problems and solutions of the crises in the Middle East. The rupture and hostility between the two sides helped promote the positions of extremist groups, which […]

Local Media and the Iraq-Saudi Wikileaks Scandal

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sudden Silence? Why Local Media Have Shut Up About Iraqi-Saudi Arabia Wikileaks Scandal In late June, the whistle blowing organisation, Wikileaks, published a raft of formerly confidential documents said to […]

Iraq hikes Price of Basra Heavy

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly surprised traders in Asia with a sharp increase in the price of its new Basrah Heavy crude grade. Despite the grade selling at a sharp discount in the spot market last month, the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) raised the Official Selling Price (OSP) for Basrah Heavy by 85 […]

Saudi Arabia Names Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. Saudi Arabia has named its first resident ambassador to Iraq since 1991. Thamer bin Sabhan Al-Sabhan took the oath of office on Tuesday before Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Sabhan was previously the military attaché in the Saudi Embassy in Lebanon. (Sources: Al Arabiya News, Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry) (Diplomatic […]

IOM Aids Construction IDP Camp

Over 500 families have moved into the newly opened Shekhan camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Iraq over the past week and hundreds more will move in in the coming days. The camp has been constructed by a consortium of humanitarian partners with the support of multiple donors and will eventually provide shelter […]