Iraq’s new Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Hakim intends to
carry out a campaign of correction and reform within the ministry, according to
a source close to the minister.
The source, who preferred not to be named, said in a press statement, "The new minister intends to carry out a major correction campaign within the ministry, including the examination and testing of diplomatic staff appointed previously," adding that the country’s diplomatic cadres abroad would also be reviewed.
"Hakim seeks to restore the relationship between Iraq and many Arab and Western countries," the source stated, adding, "The opening of the border crossing with Syria will be one of the first files to be considered by the new minister, completing what [former Foreign Minister] Jaafari had started in this regard.
Hakim began his new duties as foreign affairs minister Thursday after being approved Wednesday evening in a chaotic vote on new Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s cabinet choices, with only 14 having been approved by the parliament.