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Saudia to resume Baghdad route late October - report

The official Saudi carrier is set to resume flights after 27 years of interruption with 20 weekly flights

Saudia to resume Baghdad route late October - report
Saudi Airlines (Saudia) is set to resume its flights to Iraq’s capital Baghdad, after 27 years of interruption, on October 30

Saudi Airlines (Saudia) is set to resume its flights to Iraq’s capital Baghdad, after 27 years of interruption, on October 30, reported Arabic daily Sabq.

The news comes after Saudi budget airline Flynas last week made its first direct flight since 1990 from the kingdom to Iraq.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Riyadh on Saturday in a visit aimed at upgrading strategic ties with its Arab neighbours.

Riyadh severed relations and closed its border posts with Baghdad after former dictator Saddam Hussein's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Ties remained strained even after Saddam's ouster in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and remained so as successive Shiite-dominated governments in Baghdad stayed close to Tehran.

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