Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul—Gheit received on Saturday the new Iraqi ambassador to Egypt, the first in decades.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said ambassador Nizar Eissa al—Khairullah submitted his credentials one day before the launch of the joint Iraq—Egyptian committee of the deputies of foreign ministries.

The last Iraqi ambassador to Egypt left the country after Iraq’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the event which triggered the first Gulf war in early 1991.

After the 2003 US—led invasion, Iraq named Safiya al—Saheil as the new ambassador to Egypt, but she never took up the position, for reasons never given.

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