Saudi Arabia hailed Iraq’s defeat of Daesh by calling it a “grand victory on terrorism”

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Sunday hailed Iraq’s defeat of Daesh, calling it a “grand victory on terrorism” amid warming ties between the Arab neighbors, reported Agence France Press (AFP).

Baghdad on Saturday declared victory in its war to expel the terrorist group, three years after it proclaimed a cross-border “caliphate” stretching into Syria, endangering Iraq’s very existence.

“The end of the war in Iraq… (is) a grand victory on terrorism in the region,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, citing a Foreign Ministry official.

The official voiced hope that “security, stability, prosperity, and progress will prevail in Iraq and for the Iraqi people.”

Backed by a US-led coalition, Iraqi forces gradually retook control of all territory lost to the terrorists over the last three years.

After former dictator, Saddam Hussein’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Riyadh severed relations with Baghdad and closed its border posts with its northern neighbor. But a flurry of visits between the two countries this year appears to indicate a thawing of ties.

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