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Saudis Scouting for Embassy Site in Baghdad
Saudi Delegation Meets Iraqi FM, Others to Discuss Opening Embassy
09/01/2007 4:45 PM ET
Riyadh, Sept 1 (VOI) – The Saudi diplomatic mission assigned to re-open an embassy in Baghdad wrapped up a visit to Iraq after considering some places likely to serve as embassy headquarters, an official source in the Saudi foreign ministry said on Saturday.

"The Saudi mission had meetings with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari and undersecretaries to discuss the means to re-open an embassy in Iraq," the source, who preferred not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

The source did not give further details about Saudi Arabia's announcing the re-opening of its embassy in Baghdad, where the Saudi mission had arrived on Tuesday.

Diplomatic relations were re-established between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in 2004 after the fall of the former regime but did not open an embassy due to deteriorating security conditions.

Iraq, however, re-opened its embassy in Riyadh in February 2007 for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the outbreak of the 1st Gulf war.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saoud al-Faysal, during a press conference on August 1, 2007 with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, had said the kingdom was planning to send a diplomatic mission to Iraq "soon" to prepare for re-opening its embassy in Baghdad and enhance bilateral relations.

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