Baghdad Asks Riyadh to Replace Envoy

Baghdad Asks Riyadh to Replace Envoy

Iraq's Foreign Ministry has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, Iraqi state television said on Sunday. Iraqi Shia politicians have made persistent calls that Sabhan be expelled in reaction to comments he made about Iran's involvement in Iraq and claims that Shia militias backed by Tehran were exacerbating tensions with Sunnis, according to Reuters. Iraq's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied media reports of a plot to kill Sabhan, the first Saudi ambassador appointed after the reopening of the Saudi Embassy in the Iraqi capital in December. Iran provides military advice to the Iraqi Army and popular forces to help them in the campaign against the self-styled Islamic State terror outfit, which has overrun vast swathes of land in northern and eastern Iraq.

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