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Iraqi Minister Calls on Countries To Send Envoys

11 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari today called on Arab, Islamic, and other countries not to delay sending representatives to Iraq despite the murder of Egypt's top envoy to Baghdad last week.

At a press conference Zebari urged countries not to give in to the fear terrorists in Iraq are trying to sow.

"Our message to ambassadors and diplomats is to respond to these attacks, threats, blackmail and intimidation by going ahead and sending diplomats and ambassadors to Baghdad and by raising the level of diplomatic representation with the Iraqi government," Zebari said.

Zebari pledged the Iraqi government would do more to ensure the security of foreign diplomats.

Zebari said a security plan has been drafted to provide more protection and hotlines with diplomats have been set up.

Zebari also said he did not believe Al-Qaeda was responsible for killing the Egyptian envoy. He said it was more likely that diplomat was killed by quote "remnants of the Saddam [Hussein] regime."


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Iraq Urges Arab States To Send Diplomats