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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Qatar appoints first ambassador to Iraq in 25 years -media

Zayed Al Khayareen was appointed by a royal decree.

Qatar’s emir has appointed an ambassador to Iraq, the first since the embassy was closed 25 years ago, Iraqi and Qatari media said, in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between Gulf Arab countries and Iraq.

Iraq’s foreign minister had said in May that Qatar would open an embassy in Baghdad.

Qatari state media as well as Qatar-owned Al Jazeera said on their websites that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had issued a decree appointing Zayed Al Khayareen as Qatar’s “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq”.

Saudi Arabia also signalled its intention to reopen an embassy in Baghdad earlier this year.

* Reuters