Monday, August 13, 2007


Saudi warned about opening embassy

(Gulf News) - A coalition of Iraqi Sunni Muslim insurgents on Monday warned Saudi Arabia against opening an embassy in Baghdad, saying the move would comfort the Shiite-dominated government. The Iraqi insurgent umbrella group, the Jihad and Reform Front said in a statement posted on its website, "At the time that the Iraqi people, particularly the Sunnis, look for the support of their brothers everywhere, Saudi Arabia comes out with a strange wish to support Al Maliki by opening an embassy in Baghdad."
The statement continued, "The Jihad and Reform Front warns against such a step and calls on the government and people of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia not to implement this wish, especially at this time when Al Maliki's government is in its worst and weakest situation."
Saudi Arabia has said it will send a delegation to Iraq this week to explore the possibility of opening an embassy for the first time since the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The US has urged the Saudi to do so as a sign of support for the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki, which Sunni Saudi Arabia has kept at arm's length and often criticises as biased against Iraq's Sunni Arab minority.
The Front is a grouping of Iraqi insurgent groups, including the Islamic Army in Iraq, the Mujahideen Army and the 1920 Revolution Brigades. It was formed in part as a rival to a separate insurgent coalition led by Al Qaida in Iraq, which the Front's members accused of killing some of its fighters.

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