Brazil will re-open its embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, this month after it being closed for 21 years, Agencia Brasil, the Brazilian official news agency, reported on March 20th.
The return of Brazilian representation to the Middle Eastern country had been announced in November, but it was just put into effect three months after U.S. troops withdrew from the country.
The new Brazilian ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Anuar Nahes, assumed his position in January 2012 and arrived in Iraq this month. Nahes started to work in Brazil's Foreign Ministry in 1982.
Brazil closed its embassy in Iraq in 1991 because of the Iraq-Kuwait conflict which put the diplomats in that country under risk. Even though for a long time there was no Brazilian ambassador in Iraq, the two countries did not cut diplomatic ties.
The reopening of the Brazilian embassy in Iraq happens when Iraq is suffering a tense situation. On Tuesday, several car bombs exploded in Iraqi cities, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 200. The international community has been working to support political, economic and social stability in the region./.