Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign security agreement

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Iraq and Saudi Arabia agreed to launch a security cooperation agreement that includes combating terrorism and crime, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior announced Wednesday (February 29th).

Deputy interior minister Adnan al-Asadi said a recent visit to Saudi Arabia by an Iraqi security delegation "was very successful," according to a statement posted on the ministry's website.

Last week's visit "led to an agreement to begin security cooperation between the two countries, including combating terrorism, drugs, organized crime, and smuggling across the desert," he said.

Al-Asadi said co-operation will be undertaken through "continuous and close" contact between the two countries' interior ministries.

The talks signalled warming diplomatic relations between the two countries, which were severed following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

On February 20th, Saudi Arabia named its ambassador to Jordan, Fahd Abdul Muhsin al-Zaid, as its first non-resident ambassador in Baghdad in 21 years.

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