Jordanian king Abdullah flies to Riyadh for Mideast, Iraq talks
King Abdullah II of Jordan flew to Riyadh on Sunday for talks with Saudi leaders on latest developments in the Middle
East peace process and Iraq, officials said.
The king's visit to Riyadh comes amid reports that Jordan is mediating a rapprochement between the Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Shiite-led Iraqi government which is supported by Iran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki conceded in remarks in Amman on Friday that Jordan was conducting mediation between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly complained about increasing Iranian meddling in Iraqi affairs.
The United States is pressing Arab countries to send diplomatic missions to Baghdad as a sign of support for al-Maliki's government.
Jordan has announced plans to name a new ambassador to Iraq but so far stopped short of setting a date for the re-opening of the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad, dpa reported.