Monday, August 29, 2016

Iraq Tells Saudi Arabia To Remove Their Ambassador

Thamer al-Sabhan (left, with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari) only took up his posting in January

BBC: Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to remove ambassador

Iraq has called on Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador to Baghdad over comments he made about Iran's involvement in Iraq.

Shia Muslim politicians have been calling for Thamer al-Sabhan to be withdrawn. He has said Iranian-backed Shia militia are aggravating tensions with Sunni Muslims in Iraq.

He also allegedly accused the militia of trying to assassinate him.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq are longstanding regional rivals.

The Saudi embassy in Baghdad only reopened in December after being closed since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait more than 25 years ago.

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WNU editor: This is only going to reinforce the Saudi perception that the Iraqi government is subservient to Iran.

More News On Iraq Telling Saudi Arabia To Remove Their Ambassador

Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks -- AP
Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace envoy who riled Shi'ite militias -- Reuters
Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia to Replace Its Ambassador to Baghdad -- Bloomberg
Baghdad calls on Saudis to replace ambassador -- DW

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