Saudi Arabia Launches Joint Trade Council With Iraq, Opens Border After 27 Years

Published August 15th, 2017 - 07:49 GMT
Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, but are now being revived. (Christophe Simon/ AFP)
Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, but are now being revived. (Christophe Simon/ AFP)

Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission, the Saudi Cabinet announced on Monday.

“The Cabinet has decided to approve the establishment of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordinating Commission and to delegate the Saudi minister of trade and investments to sign on behalf of the kingdom,” read a statement carried by the Saudi press agency (SPA).

The two countries had no diplomatic relations for a quarter of a century.

Relations between the two countries were severed in the wake of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, after which Saudi Arabia was the launchpad for a US-led coalition to remove Iraqi forces.

The Saudi cabinet also announced that Al-Jadidah Arar border crossing between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, which has been closed for some 27 years, will soon reopen for trade following bilateral rapprochement, according to Saudi Daily, Makkah. 

In preparation for the crossing’s inauguration, the Saudi chargé d’affaires in Baghdad, Abdul Aziz Al-Shammari, and the Iraqi ambassador in Riyadh, Rashidi Mahmoud Al-Ani, visited the Saudi Northern Borders Province and met its Governor Prince Faisal bin Khalid in his office. 

They toured the crossing facilities and talked to officials from both countries as well as Iraqi pilgrims. 

 

 


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