Iraq’s request to replace the Saudi ambassador in Baghdad has caused serious debates among Iraqi blocs in the parliament. National Iraqi Alliance, the largest Shi’ite bloc, had announced its approval of the procedures, while the parliament’s largest Sunni bloc, the Unity Alliance of Iraq, had rejected the request made by the foreign ministry. The National Alliance issued a statement on Tuesday saying that a party leadership committee held a meeting in the office of the head of the alliance Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The committee welcomed the Iraqi government’s request to replace Saudi Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan although Jaafari considered that Iraq is keen to maintain successful relations between the two countries. On the other hand, the Unity Alliance requested the ministry to withdraw the replacement motion. The alliance said in a statement that policies adopted by Iraq are once again creating more differences with Arab countries despite the fact that Saudi Arabia has been very supportive and helpful to the Iraqi people.
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