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Italy’s Ambassador Meets Qais al Khazali

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.    The official website of the League of the Righteous movement (Asaib Ahl al-Haq) reported Aug. 14 a visit by the Italian ambassador to Baghdad, Marco Carnelos, to league Secretary-General […]

Greece Opens Erbil Consulate

By Simon Kent. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has announced the opening of a consulate in Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi- Kurdistan. Greece already has an embassy in Erbil, and the announcement suggested the new consultate will “substantially upgrade” the country’s diplomatic presence in Iraq. (Source: Independent Balkan News Agency)

Iraq May Reopen the Yanbu Pipeline

By Simon Kent. Following the news earlier this month that Saudi Arabia is reopening their embassy in Baghdad, an un-named official in Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has suggested there may be a plan to reopen the Yanbu pipeline from Iraq to Saudi Arabia. Speaking to Baghdad paper Al Sabah, the official said that Iraq was […]

Foreign Minister Jafaari Visits Kuwait

By Simon Kent. Iraqi Foreign Minister and former PM Ibrahim al Jafaari (pictured) is on an official visit to Kuwait, and has heralded improving relations between the two countries. In a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah al Khaled, Jafaari noted increasing bilateral trade and a planned scheme where Iraq will supply gas to Kuwait. He […]

Qatar Announce Historic Iraq Embassy Opening

By Simon Kent.  Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has announced the appointment of an Ambassador and the forthcoming opening of a Qatari embassy in Baghdad. It is a sign of thawing relations between the GCC nation and Iraq, which deteriorated after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. Relations did not significantly improve after 2003, […]

Lukman Faily on Haider al-Abadi

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ambassador to the US Lukman Faily has given an interview with the journal Foreign Policy speaking of his long term friendship with Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi. We learn that Amb. Faily and Abadi were students together in England in the 1980s and both campaigned to raise awareness of the crimes of the regime […]