Bahrain names first ambassador to Iraq after US occupation

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa named career diplomat Salah al-Malki to the post, the official BNA news agency reported.

Bahrain names first ambassador to Iraq after US occupation
Bahrain on Sunday named its first ambassador to Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led occupation.

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa named career diplomat Salah al-Malki to the post, the official BNA news agency reported.

Bahraini newspapers said Malki -- who has also served at the United Nations in New York -- would be Bahrain's youngest ambassador.

No Arab country has had a permanent ambassador in the Iraqi capital since Egypt's envoy was kidnapped and killed shortly after arriving in 2005 after the 2003 U.S.-led occupation.

In July, the United Arab Emirates said it was cancelling almost $7 billion of Iraqi debt including interest and arrears payments. A UAE diplomatic source said then that the Gulf state's envoy to India had been named as ambassador to Iraq and his appointment awaited the signature of the UAE president.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have both said they will send ambassadors to Iraq.

Oil powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the region's most influential country, wants the Shi'ite-led Iraqi government to reach out politically to Sunnis, who ruled Iraq under Saddam Hussein but have complained of being marginalised since his overthrow.


Reuters
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