Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 July 2019

Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq

Muscat will open its embassy for the first time since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait 30 years ago

Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said sits during a meeting with the US secretary of state at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat on January 14, 2019.  AFP 
Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said sits during a meeting with the US secretary of state at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat on January 14, 2019.  AFP 

Oman says it will reopen its embassy in Iraq, decades after it closed its diplomatic post.

Oman's Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday night.

The sultanate, on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, said it would "contribute to the development of relations between the two countries".

Iraq's foreign ministry earlier said it anticipated Oman would reopen its embassy.

Oman closed its embassy in Iraq after dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

The warming ties to Iraq follow Saudi Arabia in April opening a new consulate in Baghdad.

Recently, Oman said it had signed an agreement with the US that would allow American ships and warplanes to use its ports and airports.

The state-run Oman News Agency said the "framework agreement" was aimed at bolstering "Omani-American military relations".

"It will allow the US forces to take advantage from the facilities offered at some of the Sultanate's ports and airports during visits of the US military vessels and aircraft, particularly in the port of Duqm," it said.

The US is keen on its Gulf allies restoring ties with Iraq to help counter Iran’s influence in the region.

Updated: May 13, 2019 05:44 PM

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