Iraq requests new Saudi envoy after assassination remarks
Published 28/08/2016 | 13:41
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.
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.