Saudi, UAE want to reopen Baghdad missions

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have asked to reopen their diplomatic missions in Baghdad, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Monday.

Saudi, UAE want to reopen Baghdad missions
The United States has repeatedly urged Saudi Arabia, a regional heavyweight, to reopen its embassy in Baghdad as a sign of support to the Shia -led Iraqi government.

'We have a request from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to resend its mission in Iraq and from the United Arab Emirates,' Zebari told a news conference in Baghdad.

Many Arab nations pulled their diplomats out of Baghdad after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Several diplomats, including an Egyptian ambassador, have been kidnapped and killed. A United Arab Emirates diplomat was kidnapped and held for nearly two weeks in Baghdad in May 2006.

Zebari said a number of Arab diplomatic missions continue to operate in Iraq. 'But for security reasons and because of the targeting of Arab diplomats by terrorists ... we (decided) not to publicise (their activities),' he said.

Several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, have expressed displeasure at the way the government of Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has treated minority Sunni Arabs.

Last week, Qatar said Iraq was not invited to a summit of mainly Sunni Gulf Arab states because 'some (Iraqi) parties feel that they are not being taken as full citizens'.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Aralık 2007, 11:37