By John Lee.
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to re-open the Arar [Ar'ar] border crossing with Iraq for the first time since 1990.
Sohaib al-Rawi, the governor of Anbar province, is quoted as saying that the Iraqi government had deployed troops to protect the desert route leading to Arar and called its opening a "significant move" to boost ties.
The border was closed after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
(Sources: Al Jazeera, Reuters, Rudaw)