Saudis in Talks Over Alliance to Rebuild Iraq and ‘Return it to the Arab Fold’

Saudis in Talks Over Alliance to Rebuild Iraq and 'Return it to the Arab Fold'Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region.

Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam HusseinSaudis in Talks Over Alliance to Rebuild Iraq and 'Return it to the Arab Fold'