Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the Resumption of Diplomatic Relations With Iraq

November 26, 1984

The Governments of the United States and Iraq have agreed to resume diplomatic relations, effective today. This agreement was concluded today between President Reagan and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Iraq, Tariq M. `Aziz. The two countries' diplomatic missions are upgraded as of this date from interest sections to Embassies, and their principal officers will hold the title of charge d'affaires, pending the appointment of Ambassadors. Ambassadors will be appointed as promptly as possible under the nomination processes required within and between both countries.