Saudi Arabia invites Iraq's Abadi to visit in big sign of thaw

March 23, 2015 7:07 AM

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Saudi Arabia invites Iraq's Abadi to visit in big sign of thaw

BAGHDAD/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman has invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to visit the kingdom, Abadi's office said on Monday, in the biggest sign yet of improving ties between the countries after decades of tension.

Abadi's office gave no details about the invitation or possible visit, which would be his first as prime minister, including when it might take place. But the invitation caps months of better cooperation between Riyadh and Baghdad since the prime minister replaced Nouri al-Maliki last summer.

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