Kuwait to restore full diplomatic ties with Iraq

July 10th, 2008 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 10 (IANS) Kuwait will become the third Gulf nation, after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, to restore diplomatic relations with Iraq. Kuwait’s foreign undersecretary Khalid Al-Jarallah told the state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Thursday that a new Kuwaiti ambassador to Iraq would be announced soon in line with the moves of the UAE and Bahrain.

Bahrain Wednesday named Salah Al Maliki, a career diplomat, as its ambassador to the war-ravaged country.

The announcement came close on the heels of the UAE announcing July 6 that its ambassador to India Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Shehhi would be its new ambassador to Iraq.

When asked where Kuwait’s new embassy in Baghdad would be located, Al-Jarallah told KUNA that it would be likely in the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital.

In June this year, the UAE became the first Arab nation to announce that it would be restoring full diplomatic relations with Baghdad since the Egyptian ambassador to that war-ravaged nation was killed in 2005.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan had made the announcement during the course of a visit to Iraq early June.

The UAE closed its embassy in Baghdad two years back when one of its diplomats was kidnapped, released later, and two Iraqi employees of the embassy were killed.

Al-Shehhi was named the country’s new ambassador to Iraq during the course of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s official visit to this Gulf nation this month.

Bahrain cut off diplomatic relations with Iraq after its charge d’affaires Hassan Malallah Al Ansari was wounded by gunmen who attacked his car in Baghdad July 5, 2005.

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