File - Iraqi President Fuad Masum speaks during a press conference in Baghdad on July 24, 2014, after he was elected by an overwhelming majority in the Parliament. (AFP Photo/Ali Al-Saadi)
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Iraqi President Fuad Masum is to visit Saudi Arabia Tuesday for the highest-level talks between the two neighbors in years, as relations thaw in the face of the jihadist threat.There have been years of tension between Saudi Arabia and its neighbor. Relations hit new depths earlier this year when then Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Saudi Arabia and its Gulf neighbor Qatar of backing Sunni "terror groups" in his country.Saudi Arabia has since become a key ally in the U.S.-led war against ISIS, with its warplanes taking part in the coalition air campaign against the jihadists in Syria, although not in Iraq.
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