The opening of the Saudi consulate in Baghdad
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Saudi Arabia is preparing to open its consulate in Baghdad on Thursday, the Saudi minister of trade and investment, Majid al-Kasabi, said.
"The Saudi consulate will be opened in Baghdad tomorrow (Thursday) to give visas to Iraqi travelers from Baghdad without going to Jordan," al-Gosaibi told a news conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.
He added: "We will work to open three consulates in different provinces in the country," stressing the keenness of Saudi Arabia to "build bridges of communication to promote trade exchange between the two countries."
Al-Qasabi noted that "Arar port between Saudi Arabia and Iraq will be completed within the Iraqi and Saudi side within six months."
A senior Saudi delegation arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday afternoon and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi will travel to Saudi Arabia within two weeks.