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Finland opens embassy in Iraq after 30-year hiatus

Finland has reopened its embassy in Baghdad and announced boosting trade between the two countries after a suspension of nearly 30 years.

This comes while Iraq is witnessing violent protests that claimed the lives of more than 300 people and injured 6,000 others.

The new Finnish ambassador to Baghdad Vesa Häkkinen said his country had suspended diplomatic relations with Iraq with the outbreak of the Gulf War in early 1991.

He said that the Finnish embassy will begin its work with the assistance of a diplomatic staff of four members initially, adding that the embassy headquarters will be in the same building of the Swedish embassy in Baghdad.