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Iraq has its first ambassador to Egypt in 20 years

world Updated: May 22, 2010 20:24 IST

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The first Iraqi ambassador to Egypt in two decades has presented a copy of his credentials to the Egyptian authorities.

Cairo and Baghdad broke off relations in late 1990 after Egypt joined the US-led coalition that forced Iraq out of Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War.

Since then, diplomatic representation has been at the level of charge d'affairs.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki says Nezar Eissa al-Kheirallah presented his credentials to Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmad Aboul Gheit, on Saturday before briefing him on the situation in Iraq.

Zaki said the foreign minister told the Iraqi ambassador that he was "concerned about the negative effect of foreign intervention in Iraqi affairs."