On Thursday 5th April, Saudi Arabia opened a new consulate in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Furthermore, the gulf nation announcing that their country will give $1 billion in loans for development projects throughout Iraq.
In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the highest ranking Shia religious leader in Iraq, told the Iranian head of state that he welcomes steps to strengthening Iraq’s relations with its neighbours if they are based on respect of sovereignty to no domestic interference.
Amman - According to some fruit and vegetable dealers on the borders with Iraq and Syria, since the reopening of the borders the export market has been affected by a "tense trade atmosphere". However, the Jordanian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply has rebuked this statement.
The closure meant that Yazidis in Sinjar, who wanted to travel to Dahuk, home to their celebrated Lalesh temple and tens of thousands of other Yazidis uprooted by IS’ genocidal spree, had to spend over five hours navigating hostile terrain.
On Thursday, Kurdish Leader Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi in Baghdad. This is Barzani's first visit to Baghdad in two years, signaling an improvement in the Baghdad-Erbil relations.
Parties and coalitions in Iraq have started negotiating with one another in order to reach a majority in the upcoming parliament. Parties with less seats must make concessions so that they are included in the forming of the new government.