RI embassy in Baghdad resumes

The Indonesian Embassy in Baghdad has officially resumed its duties after a temporary freezing of its activities in March 2003.

The reactivating team met Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Labib Abbawi on June 29 to present a Letter of Introduction (LoI) from the Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to his counterpart, Antara quoted a press statement.

Minister Counsellor Dharmakirty SP has been named Ad Interim person in charge until the Indonesian ambassador for Iraq arrives.

Indonesia has maintained its embassy’s existence in Baghdad during various crises, such as the Iraq-Iran war in the 1980s.

Both countries have signed 15 agreements and have the bilateral cooperation mechanism of the Joint Commission Meeting. Trade volume between the two reached US$83 million during the Jan – March period.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries officially opened in 1950.

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