Vietnam plans to reopen its embassy in Baghdad, Iraq and resume social and economic cooperation programs that have been interrupted during the Iraq War.
These decisions were announced at the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-Iraq Inter-governmental Committee in Iraq last week, which was co-chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Iraqi Trade Minister Khairulla Hasan Babakir.
Babakir said the Iraqi government was very glad to hear it and pledged to facilitate the re-opening of the Vietnamese embassy.
He said that he expects Vietnam's major agricultural produce like rice and tea to be shipped again to his country soon.
Babakir also said his ministry would coordinate with relevant agencies to create favorable conditions for PetroVietnam to implement joint oil and gas projects.
The former Vietnamese ambassador to Iraq Nguyen Quang Khai, who served during the Iraq War, left this country in 2007 to work at the Vietnam Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. Vietnam has yet to give the timeframe of reopening the embassy in Iraq and yet to appoint the ambassador.