Ambassador to Iraq sworn in.


Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Jordan 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 specific date.

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 concerns”.

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.

(MFA)

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