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Saudi Arabia, Iraq look to reopen border after 27 years

Iraqi and Saudi officials on Wednesday inspected a border crossing between their countries to examine how to reopen the frontier, closed for the past 27 years, officials said Wednesday. The border has been shut to all travellers except Iraqi Muslim pilgrims heading to and from Mecca in western Saudi Arabia since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Riyadh and Baghdad reached a deal "to renovate the Arar border post and fully open it for trade and passage for visitors between the two countries" when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Saudi Arabia in June, his spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said.
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