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Oil: Baghdad warns Riyadh

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Mohammed al-Sahoud, an Iraqi deputy and member of the Dawlat al-Qanun coalition warned against the reopening of the Arar border crossing in northern Saudi Arabia.

Al-Sahoud told the Baghdad al-Youm news website that the opening of this passage was “a real danger” for Iraq in the current circumstances.

He stressed that the passage would probably be used for the transfer of Daesh elements to Iraqi territory and to support the elements present in the country.

In a meeting between Saudi and Iraqi officials at the Saudi Transport Ministry, the head of the Iraqi Customs Authority, Kadhim al-Aqabi, announced that 40% of the infrastructure of this post was already built.

Al-Aqabi also announced that the project would be fully implemented by mid-October.

In this regard, Faleh al-Khazali, a member of the al-Fath coalition and a member of the Iraqi Parliament’s energy commission, said that “Iraq is trying to establish a balanced relationship with Saudi Arabia, but that his country had no significant interest in Saudi Arabia”.

He said that Saudi Arabia currently controls the Red Sea pipeline and is not paying Iraq’s rights in this regard.

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