Kuwait to name ambassador to Iraq soon

Foreign Minister Undersecretary Jarallah said the new embassy would probably be located in the "Green Zone", a high security area where the U.S. embassy and Iraqi government offices are based.

Kuwait to name ambassador to Iraq soon

Kuwait said on Thursday it planned to name an ambassador to Iraq soon because security in its neighbouring country had improved enough to allow the reopening of an embassy.

"This step comes after our brothers in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates named ambassadors to Iraq," the state news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Undersecretary Khaled Jarallah as saying.

No Arab ambassador has been stationed in Iraq since Egypt's envoy was kidnapped and killed shortly after arriving in 2005.

In a step toward easing Iraq's regional isolation, the United Arab Emirates waived all of Iraq's almost $7 billion debt this week and formally appointed an ambassador to Baghdad.

In June, Bahrain said it would set up a new embassy in Baghdad and was selecting an ambassador, although no timeframe was given.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia have also said they planned to open an embassy in Iraq soon, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Iraq on Thursday.

Kuwait's own ties to Iraq are more complicated, with many Kuwaitis still bitter about Saddam's 1990 invasion and occupation of their country.

Jarallah did not identify any potential candidates but Kuwait's al-Wasat newspaper on Wednesday quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Kuwait would shortly name Ali al-Mumin, a retired military officer, as ambassador to Baghdad.

Jarallah said the new embassy would probably be located in the "Green Zone", a high security area where the U.S. embassy and Iraqi government offices are based.

Reuters

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