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King Salman to Meet Iraqi PM as Regional Tensions at High

His Majesty King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz

King Salman and the Iraqi prime minister will meet on Wednesday, their second meeting this year as the neighbors try to heal a rift over Iraq’s alliance with Iran.

A reconciliation between the Sunni Muslim kingdom and majority Shi’ite Iraq would be a boost to the Gulf Arab region, where tensions are sky high, both within and with Iran.

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and King Salman will meet on Wednesday at the Saudi Red Sea port of Jeddah.

King Salman and Abadi last met in March on the sidelines of the Arab summit and in February Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad in February.

Improved ties may also help heal deep and bitter divisions between Iraq’s Shi’ite majority and Sunni population.

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