Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace Saudi ambassador: Iraqi state TV

Reuters , Sunday 28 Aug 2016

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace Saudi ambassador
Ambassador Thamer al-Sabhan and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on January 14 (File Photo:AP)

Iraq's foreign ministry has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, Iraqi state TV said on Sunday.

Iraqi Shia politicians have made persistent requests that Sabhan be expelled in reaction to comments he has made about Iran's involvement in Iraq and claims that Iranian-backed Shia militias were exacerbating tensions with Sunnis.

The Iraqi foreign ministry on Monday denied media reports of plot to kill Sabhan, the first Saudi ambassador appointed after reopening the Saudi embassy in the Iraqi capital in December.

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