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Reports: Qatar appoints first ambassador to Iraq in 25 years

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Nearly a quarter century after closing its embassy in Iraq, Qatar has appointed an ambassador to Iraq, signaling an improvement in relations between the two countries, agencies and Al Jazeera said yesterday.

According to the state-funded news network, Zayed al-Khayareen has been appointed by Qatar’s Emir as the “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq.”

The decision comes on the heels of a controversial conference that Doha hosted to discuss political issues in Iraq.

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That event apparently upset Baghdad, prompting Iraq to recall its Charge D’Affaires ambassador to Qatar last week after what it called a “flagrant intervention in internal affairs.”

The foreign ministry said the conference included participants wanted in Iraq on terrorism charges, and that Qatar had failed to coordinate with the government before holding the event, Al Jazeera reported.

Qatar shut its embassy in 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

Relations between the two countries had further deteriorated under the former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who in March of last year had publicly accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL).

Both countries have denied the allegations.

However, in May, Qatar’s foreign minister made the first high-profile visit to Iraq since 2003, and the two countries agreed then to reopen the embassy in Baghdad.

Iran concerns

Last September, Haider Al-Abadi became Iraq’s new prime minister, and has sought to improve relations with the Sunni Gulf states, who have long perceived Iraq as a close ally to Shia Iran.

In May, Al-Abadi reassured Saudi Arabia that Iraq is not a “gateway for Iran” and will not take part in regional conflicts between the two countries, according to the Peninsula.

“We do not want to enter in to regional conflicts, and if there are regional conflicts between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Baghdad will not be involved,” he said.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia also said it intended to reopen an embassy in Baghdad, and has invited Abadi to visit the kingdom, according to Reuters.

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Iran is a longstanding concern for the Gulf states, one that analysts have said is propelling the conflict in Yemen.

David Roberts, a lecturer at King’s College in London, previously told Doha News that there are concerns that the conflict there would give Iran a chance to gain a foothold over the Arabian Peninsula via the Houthi rebels.

Last week, Qatar had had deployed some 1,000 ground troops to Yemen, following the death of at least 60 soldiers from the Gulf countries last week.

Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

I bet no Qatari wanted that job!

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

no sane man wants to be there. the US made it one of the Worst places to be in.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

With Qatar’s help, of course. Expect Amazing!

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

yeah, because without Qatar, America has no power in the reign.yeah. we made the decision to invade Iraq, we just used American soldiers to do it. you totally got our grande plane.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Qatar willingly went along and facilitated the invasion. No one thinks Qatar matters is global or even regional decision making, but that it’s participation had little impact on the war’s outcome changes nothing. What does do is make your statement hypocritical.

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

yeah poor Americans , they got fooled into going for war in Iraq by Qataris , please let the relative of the dead ones know they died not serving their country,rather serving Qatar . land of the free . LOL

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

It’s not what I am saying. I think the American government knew exactly what it was doing and that it would lead to the destabilization of the Middle East, death of hundreds of thousands of Arabs, and dislocation of millions more. A few thousand American troops from a country of 350 million people was a small price to pay.

What I am saying that you have no room to criticize the Americans for going to war, when your own country aided them. Unless, of course, you are saying that Qatar was wrong to support and ally with the Americans. Is that what you are saying?

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

(A few thousand American troops from a country of 350 million people was a small price to pay.) for what , killing more than a million Iraq ??? WOW. you making no point in any ways, & Qatar don’t have a choice of saying no. the US will invent a reason to invade us too.

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Wrong again. Try reading before posting.

WTF
WTF
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Would you take Yemen over Iraq?

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  WTF

Yemen has a Qatari ambassador . MR ALHAJRI i think.

WTF
WTF
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Does that make the post any better?

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

That is true, Saddam was a nasty man who killed thousands of people, (millions if you include the war against Iran) but it wasn’t the US problem to solve. Stupid war, that we now have to live with the consequences of a sectarian violence on a regional scale.

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

US went their because of nuclear weapons ,not because Saddam ( we have plenty of nastier presidents around the world) they made a reason to invade Iraq killing over 1 million people as a result .

Misha
Misha
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

They went for the oil, nuclear weapons was just an excuse to get the American people to be relatively okay with sending troops.

NFqtr
NFqtr
5 years ago

I would like to dedicate this message to the person who goes by the name “qatari”

I really do not know how to get you to understand the point I will make in this response. It seems you are a person who has absolutely no clue what he is talking about. You keep mentioning how bad the US is but:

1-Without USA your country would be annihilated in a few days or hours. Why?

A- Israel wants to destroy you because of the Hamas thing
B- Iran wants to destroy you and this is very known
C- Majority of Arabs (not Gulf) would LOVE to see your country burn in ashes (Syrians on top of the list)
D- Russia would not care either and we all remember what your prime minister was told by the Russian once
E- Most European people HATE what your people are doing to Europe
F- Americans in US are starting to hate you too

check this, it is fresh and this is serious.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Exotic-Cars-Speeding-Through-Beverly-Hills-Focus-of-Police-Inquiry-327620261.html

G-Most sport enthusiasts can’t stand your country too, because of what you have done to football
H-You should be very ashamed of the reputation of how your country treats migrant workers.

I know you will not accept any of these facts above and I know someone out there will call me racist, envious or tag me with being hater or even stereotypical. The truth of the matter is that without the US, you will have no Qatar my friend. The US is the only reason why your dozen tall and colorful buildings are still present and you should be very very thoughtful about that and worried too. Why worried? Because the US is on the verge of the next presidential election and if many people like you keep talking non-sense, then the next president will simply decide to move the American base from Qatar to some other country. And then? I think then, you won’t even have the electricity or network connectivity to log into Doha news.

Stay respectful to those who are securing your life. You and every Qatari “OWE” America more than anything else. Your government and the few thousands of Althanis will happily flee and hide in London and US and things go bad. You won’t.

If you think the US is the reason why anything bad happens with Arabs, then maybe you should question your people’s intelligence who from what you say, seem to be ok with it and at least funding it.

DN, excuse me for writing this long response. I will not write again and I tried to be objective enough and respectful enough. I have great Qatari friends and I am not saying every single Qatari is bad. This is just a response to one individual that keeps spreading wrong information about a nation that is helping Qatar from being invaded and this is a very true fact.

Thank you.

Note Mr. qatari: Try to read this more than 6 times. If you do that, you might understand what I am trying to say. Ok Habibi?

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  NFqtr

we owe the BLOOD THIRSTY American NOTHING , we were forced to aide the war criminals some call now veterans , people in the US & EU hate Qatar because it showed the world your true nature . which is the what is blinded to avg people there. no longer you can hide your killing of innocent by drones / invasion of countries by claiming ( Nuclear weapons) while you actually killing people for OIL , the pathetic ways in jailing people around the world with no right to a fair trail (Guantanamo ) . & what a great culture you have. TAKING LAND FORM NATIVE AMERICAN , ENSLAVING BLACK PEOPLE,THROWING NUCLEAR BOMBS,ENDLESS WARS . please read carefully how great your COUNTRY is. OK DUDE.

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