People shout slogans during a protest in the city of Najaf, Iraq July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

The skeptics questioning whether Saudi Arabia’s conspicuous overtures during the last year and a half to improve bilateral relations with Iraq will bear fruits, after twenty-five years of estrangement, may now have to reconsider their doubts.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq are engaging in a flurry of activity that is proof both sides are now fully on board efforts to establish stronger ties. Saudi Arabia opened a consulate in Baghdad April 4th. Perhaps the most geopolitically significant gift to date from the Saudis is a promise, reportedly made on April 4, to hook Iraq up to the Saudi electrical grid as part of a Saudi investment project.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is planning an official visit to the kingdom April 17, according to media reports. And, trade delegations are shuttling back and forth between the two countries.

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