View Full Version : Hungary opens Baghdad embassy for first time since Gulf War

04-26-2013, 06:46 PM
Hungary has assigned an ambassador to serve in Iraq for the first time in 22 years, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Tibor Szatmari presented his credentials to Khudayr Musa Jafar Abbas al-Khuzai, the Vice President of Iraq, in Baghdad on Wednesday. He will travel to the city on a regular basis until a permanent mission is established there, the ministry said.

Hungary withdrew its ambassador from Baghdad when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. All of its diplomats were withdrawn in 2005 due to the dangerous security situation.

During the war in Iraq, Hungarian diplomats serving in the country were assigned to serve first in Damascus and later in Amman in Jordan.

Hungary in the past years has revived relations with Iraq, which offer great business opportunities for Hungarian firms in the country’s reconstruction projects, the statement said.