has named an ambassador to Iraq in a step to strengthen relations
between both countries.
Nayef Zeidan was sworn in
on Monday before His Majesty King Abdullah at a Royal Court
ceremony attended by Royal Court Chief Bassem Awadallah and
Foreign Minister Salah Bashir.
The Kingdom recently has
announced it would send an envoy to Iraq without setting a
During Iraqi Prime Minister
Nouri Maliki’s visit to Amman in June, King Abdullah
promised to send an ambassador soon.
In an interview with the
Lebanese daily As-Safir on June 18, the Monarch said that
relations with Iraq should move ahead in a positive manner
to serve the interests of the two countries.
The Jordanian embassy in
Baghdad has been run by a charge d'affaires for three years
and the Kingdom has not sent an ambassador, citing “security
The newly appointed Ambassador
Zeidan has served as Jordan's consul general in Dubai.
Several Arab countries
have linked sending back their ambassadors to the restoration
of security in Iraq. So far, Bahrain and the UAE have decided
to send back ambassadors to Baghdad after the security situation
improved following two “successful” military campaigns
against Al Sadr militia and Al Qaeda.