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Saudi king promises football stadium for Iraq in call with PM Abadi


Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud promised to build Iraq a football stadium following a friendly match between the two countries' teams last week, in a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi on Monday.

The two leaders also discussed how to enhance and strengthen co-operation between their countries, and the Iraqi-Saudi Joint Co-ordination Council, a body created last October to improve strategic relations and help rebuild devastated areas retaken from Islamist militants in Iraq.

The phone call was the latest indication of improved relations between the two countries.

Saudi Arabia is wooing Baghdad as part of an effort to stem the growing regional influence of Iran, while Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with Riyadh.

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