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Saudi Crown Prince to open embassy in Baghdad

Saudi crown prince will sign a number of strategic agreements between Baghdad and Riyadh during his visit

Saudi Crown Prince to open embassy in Baghdad
During his visit, Prince Mohammed will help inaugurate the new Saudi embassy in Baghdad (pictured), a Saudi consulate in Najaf and a new border crossing between the two countries at Arar. Photo: MOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud will visit Iraq in April in the first official visit to the country by a Saudi official since 1989.

During his visit, Prince Mohammed will help inaugurate the new Saudi embassy in Baghdad, a Saudi consulate in Najaf and a new border crossing between the two countries at Arar.

It is the latest round of diplomacy from the Crown Prince, who is seeking to build international relations following his anti-corruption purge late last year. He will be leading a high-level delegation to the oil-rich country consisting of ministers, government officials and businessmen.

Sky Press Agency quoted a Saudi source as saying that “the  in the economic and investment fields”.

The visit comes at an invitation from Iraqi premier Haider Al Abadi, who is seeking re-election in the May 12 national poll. He is the head of Dawa, which is billed as a cross-sectarian political party.