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Greek diplomat takes up post in Baghdad

May 7, 1997

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Greece sent a high-ranking diplomat to Baghdad on Wednesday to reopen its embassy, the country’s first diplomatic overture toward Iraq since the Persian Gulf War.

Charge d’Affaires Christos Skoursis served in the Greek consular office in Baghdad from 1976 to 1980.

Like many countries, Greece severed ties with Iraq after troops invaded Kuwait in August 1990, and only a few embassies have been reopened since. Greece will be the fourth European country to have a high-ranking diplomat in Baghdad, after France, Italy and Spain.

Greece announced that it would reopen its embassy last month when Iraqi officials visited Athens.

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