By John Lee.
Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov (pictured), has opened a new Bulgarian Embassy in Baghdad.
The Minister’s Chief of Staff, Valeri Rachev, has been appointed Ambassador in Baghdad on a temporary basis until the Cabinet appoints a permanent representative.
Bulgaria had an Embassy in Iraq, but it was closed in 2003 over the war. The building is now inaccessible.
Bulgarian online news agency Dnevnik says the new building is outside the Green Zone but is near other diplomatic missions; the rent is $150 000 a year and the building is fully furnished.
The country also plans to open an Embassy in the near future in Erbil.