Australia is planning to open a consulate in the oil-rich province of Basra in order to boost Australian-Iraqi business relations in the area, according to a report from AKnews.
Australia's Ambassador to Iraq, Lyndall Sachs (pictured), is currently visiting Basra to examine the possibilities for a consulate, as well as for an airline connection.
"This visit is supposed to raise awareness for cooperation between Basra and Australia," Sachs said. "It's particularly important that people here see the chances of Australian companies coming to Basra for investment in the energy and agricultural sector."
Basra's Governor, Khalaf Abdul Samad, promised he would provide facilities for Australian companies. "We are able to guarantee special visas, so that foreign investors can easily come and do business."