Saudi official in Baghdad, a month after Iran talks
Iraq received the Saudi deputy defence minister Tuesday, one month after hosting talks between the kingdom and its regional rival Iran to discuss a thaw in relations. Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Salman and his delegation met with President Barham Saleh, a government official told AFP.
Saleh has said there have been meetings between the two regional heavyweights in Baghdad "more than once".
The initiative comes at a time of shifting power dynamics, as US President Joe Biden is seeking to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was abandoned by Donald Trump.
Recent media reports indicate there have been meetings in Damascus between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, his intelligence chief Ali Mamluk and a delegation led by Saudi intelligence chief Khalid bin Ali al-Humaidan.