Saudi Arabia says it will send a delegation to Iraq next week to look into reopening its embassy, more than four years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday the delegation will explore security concerns related to opening the diplomatic post.

He first announced the plan last week during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice welcomed the move as an important step.

Iraq re-opened its embassy in Saudi Arabia last February.

Saudi Arabia is a Sunni Muslim country and Iraq has a Shi'ite majority population and a Shi'ite prime minister.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.