Iraqi embassies resume consulate services
Iraq, Local, 1/16/2004
The Iraqi foreign minister, Hoshiar Muhammad Zibari, announced yesterday the resumption of consulate services for the Iraqi embassies abroad, suspended since the collapse of the Iraqi regime on April 9, 2003, noting that "these services pertain to the Iraqi citizen and members of the Iraqi community who toll more than 3 million persons."
Zibari explained that not all Iraqis abroad have Iraqi passports, and the services "we could get is extension of the Iraqi passports for four years, because there are no new Iraqi passports."
He stressed that hundreds of thousands of passports were stolen after the collapse of the Iraqi regime, especially the last issue of passports and therefore all persons who have passports issued after March 19 have to stamp it with the new ministry's stamp, and the provisional coalition authority in Iraq, "otherwise these passports will be void." Zibari said that the "issue of releasing new passports for the Iraqis is like the issues of the flag and the anthem, and the state's slogans are sovereignty matters, that can not be issued unless there is a sovereign Iraqi state."
He indicated that among "other services that the Iraqi consulates abroad give is adding names of the new born to the passports of the father or mother, and issuing death or birth certificates." After Zibari indicated that the new diplomatic missions include former employees, he said that the foreign ministry dispatched "118 diplomats to each of Spain, France, Britain, Germany, Korea, Poland, The Czech, India, Pakistan, and Turkey to train on the diplomatic work," adding that " other countries like Jordan and Iran proposed to us the possibility of making such training in their countries."
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