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France, Iraq Re-Establish Diplomatic Ties

France and Iraq have restored diplomatic relations that were severed 13 years ago during the Gulf War and they plan to exchange ambassadors as soon as possible, the French Foreign Ministry said Monday. “The two governments are convinced this decision will contribute to closer ties between France and Iraq and will intensify exchanges to the greater benefit of the two countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Bernard Bajolet is now France’s highest diplomatic representative in Iraq, and has been in discussions with Iraqi officials about restoration of ties that Saddam Hussein broke off in 1991.Full Story

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