First Arab State to Restore Diplomatic Relations With Iraq

First Arab State to Restore Diplomatic Relations With Iraq

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The United Arab Emirates became the first Gulf state to name an ambassador to Iraq — a move that is hoped will encourage other Arab states to follow. Restoring full diplomatic ties is an important step because many of Iraq’s neighbors are predominantly Sunni Muslims, and they’ve been slow to warm to the Shiite-led government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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