The United Arab Emirates is to appoint an ambassador to Baghdad in the next few days, the Iraqi government said on Thursday, welcoming the move as an important step by Arab countries to re-engage with Iraq.
No ambassador from any Arab country has been stationed permanently in Baghdad since Egypt's envoy was kidnapped and killed shortly after arriving in 2005.
The United States has been pressing Arab governments to support Iraq by forgiving debts and establishing high-level diplomatic representation in Baghdad.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, in a statement, welcomed the UAE's "efforts to enhance diplomatic Arab representation in Iraq".
The UAE has not yet made an official announcement itself.
The UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al- Nahayan arrived in Iraq on Thursday for the first visit by a Gulf Arab foreign minister since the U.S. invasion in 2003.
The UAE withdrew its top envoy from Iraq in May 2006 after one of its diplomats was kidnapped and held for nearly two weeks. It has maintained only low-level representation in Iraq since.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 15:02