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Gulf nations set to reopen Baghdad embassies

Saudi, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain prepare to move ambassador back into Iraqi city.

Seven Arab countries are set to reopen their embassies in Baghdad, an Iraqi official has revealed.

The countries in question have taken over the facilities of their embassies and started carrying out maintenance works ready for reopening, Ali Al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the Iraqi government, said in a press conference on Sunday. He did not outline any timetable for the reopening.

The seven countries include Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, Al-Dabbagh revealed.

Kuwait has named former Chief of Staff Ali Al-Mo'men as first Kuwait Ambassador to Iraq since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, reported the Kuwaiti news agency.

Bahrain appointed Salah Ali Al-Maleki as ambassador to Iraq.

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