Bulgaria Opens Embassy in Iraq
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov, is opening Wednesday a Bulgarian Embassy in Bagdad.
Mladenov is on a two-day official visit to Iraq aiming at intensifying bilateral relations.
Valeri Rachev is temporarily Bulgaria Ambassador in Bagdad and he is also the Minister's Chief of Staff. He is not to remain at the diplomatic post and the Cabinet is going to appoint a permanent representative later.
Bulgaria had an Embassy in Iraq, but it was closed in 2003 over the war. The building is now inaccessible.
The new building is outside the maximum security Green Zone in the Iraqi capital where State institutions are located. It is near other diplomatic missions and diplomats will work and live there. The rent is USD 150 000 a year and the building is fully furnished, the Bulgarian online news agency Dnevnik informs.
Mladenov will hold meetings with several Iraqi senior officials. On Thursday he will visit the Kurdistan autonomous region to talk to local authorities. Bulgaria plans to open an Embassy in the near future in the city of Erbil, the largest one in Kurdistan.
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