Saudi King Salman receives President Barham Salih in Riyadh, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (The Daily Star/SPA, HO)
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Saudi King Salman welcomed Iraq's new President Barham Salih Sunday on his first official visit to the kingdom, amid a warming of ties between the Arab neighbors after years of strain.Salih, a 58-year-old moderate Kurd elected to the largely ceremonial role last month, was on an overnight visit at the invitation of the Saudi monarch, an Iraqi official said.Ties between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iraq have been looking up in recent months, after years of tense relations.In October 2017, Saudi budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.
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