Saudi Arabia, Iraq to reopen border crossing which was closed after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait

Riyadh: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and theĀ Republic of Iraq decided to reopen Arar border crossing for trade. This border crossing was closed after Saddam Hussein, 5th President of Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.

According to the news published in Khaleej Times, on Monday, Saudi and Iraqi officials visited the site. They also spoke with the religious pilgrims of Iraq who can cross the border only once a year during Haj season.

Talking on the issue, Governor of Anbar province of Iraq said that Iraqi Govt. had deployed army on the route which leads to Arar. He termed the moved as a significant one as it is likely to boost ties.

On Monday, Saudi Cabinet also decided to establish Joint Trade Commission with Iraq to boost trade between two nations.

It may be noted that in an attempt to halt the regional influence of Iran, both Saudi Arabia and the UAE are trying to gain favour of other neighbouring countries.