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Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks

Published 28/08/2016 | 13:41

Iraq's foreign ministry requested the replacement of the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad over assassination remarks
Iraq's foreign ministry requested the replacement of the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad over assassination remarks

Iraq's foreign ministry has requested that the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad be replaced after he claimed that Iranian-backed Shiite militias are plotting to assassinate him.

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Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal said the government sent a formal request to Saudi Arabia to replace the kingdom's ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan.

Mr Jamal said Mr al-Sabhan's reported comments are untrue and harm relations between the two countries.

Mr al-Sabhan was quoted as telling the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper that Iraqi intelligence provided him with information about the assassination plans.

He told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya news channel that "sectarian radical groups" are behind the threats.

Shiite-led Iran and Sunni-led Saudi Arabia are regional rivals and broke off diplomatic ties in January.

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