Qatar appoints Iraq ambassador after 25 years

Qatar appoints Iraq ambassador after 25 years
Updated 11 September 2015

Qatar appoints Iraq ambassador after 25 years

Qatar appoints Iraq ambassador after 25 years

DUBAI: Qatar’s emir has appointed an ambassador to Iraq, the first since the embassy was closed 25 years ago, Iraqi and Qatari media said, in the latest sign of a thaw in relations between Gulf Arab countries and Iraq.
Iraq’s foreign minister had said in May that Qatar would open an embassy in Baghdad.
Qatari state media as well as Qatar-owned Al Jazeera said on their websites that Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had issued a decree appointing Zayed Al-Khayareen as Qatar’s “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq.”
Tensions between the Gulf and Iraq, which has a Shiite majority, have eased since Prime Minister Haider Abadi took office last year.
A rapprochement could help strengthen a regional alliance against Daesh militants who have seized vast areas in both Iraq and neighboring Syria.