Members of the Saudi delegation perform a traditional dance during the 7th Iraq Oil and Gas Show in Basra, 550 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
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In the latest sign of improving relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's oil minister attended an energy conference in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra Tuesday.While Iraq remains a key Iranian ally, the U.S. has encouraged Baghdad to improve relations with Saudi Arabia to counter Tehran's influence in the region.Iraq and Saudi Arabia have had strained relations since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 .Saudi Arabia is the biggest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, followed by Iraq.
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