Iraq–United Arab Emirates relations

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Iraqi-Emirati relations
Map indicating locations of Iraq and United Arab Emirates


United Arab Emirates
Iraqi embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Iraqi-Emirati relations are foreign relations between the Republic of Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. Iraq has an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulates general in Dubai, while the United Arab Emirates has an embassy in Baghdad.

In 1991, the UAE joined the Arab states that opposed the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and supported the use of force to compel Iraq's withdrawal of troops.

In June 2008, the Iraqi government announced that the United Arab Emirates would send an ambassador to Baghdad within a few days. This would become the first Arab ambassador in Iraq since the kidnapping and murder of Ihab el-Sherif in July 2005. This announcement was made during a surprise visit by the United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Baghdad on 5 June 2008. This marked the first time a high-ranking official from a Persian Gulf state visited Iraq since March 2003.[1][2]

On 31 July 2007 following Iraq's victory of the Asian Cup, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE awarded the Iraq National football team 20 million Dhs, ($5.2 million) for capturing the Asian Cup for the first time in the country’s history.[3]

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  1. ^ "Emirates to send envoy to Baghdad". BBC News. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ "UAE to name ambassador to Baghdad". Gulf News. 5 June 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Iraq football team awarded 5.5mn". 1 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 

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