Middle East

Saudi FM visits Baghdad to bolster Sunni-Shia reconciliation post-Islamic State

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad on Saturday in a new attempt to heal the Sunni kingdom's troubled relations with Shia-majority Iraq.

Improving relations between Riyadh and Baghdad would help foster reconciliation between Iraq's Shia and Sunni communities in the period after Islamic State's defeat.

A US-backed campaign has forced out Islamic State from most Iraqi cities it captured in 2014 and the ultra-hardline Sunni group is now fighting off an offensive in its last major city stronghold, Mosul, in northern Iraq.

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