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Azerbaijan may open embassy in Iraq this year: envoy

22 January 2014 14:55 (UTC+04:00)
Azerbaijan may open embassy in Iraq this year: envoy

By Nigar Orujova

Azerbaijan may open embassy in Iraq in 2014, Iraqi ambassador to Azerbaijan Haider Albarrak said on January 21.

Azerbaijan is interested in opening the embassy, he added.

"However, this process takes time. We hope that the event will happen this year," Albarrak said.

Albarrak further said that the issue of launching direct flights between Azerbaijan and Iraq has already been resolved.

"The main details have already been agreed upon. It is expected that flights will be conducted four times a week," he said.

The cost of air tickets for these flights has not yet been defined.

The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Iraq amounted to $354.19 million in 2013, the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee reported.

A significant part of this volume accounts for goods exported to Iraq worth $353.64 million. Azerbaijan imported Iraqi products worth $0.55 million.

Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Iraq started more than 40 years ago. Iraq was one of the first countries that opened an embassy in Azerbaijan.

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