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Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - (KRT) - The Egyptian ambassador-designate Ihab al-Sherif, the first diplomat from an Arab nation to Iraq, was kidnapped from his upscale Mansour neighborhood late Saturday.

Sherif had only been in the country a few weeks after Egypt agreed to upgrade its mission to a full embassy complete with an ambassador. Sherif is the highest-ranking foreign diplomat to be kidnapped in Iraq. Another Egyptian diplomat was kidnapped briefly last year and released.

The seizure reflects an attempt by insurgents to thwart the fledging democracy's efforts to normalize relations with its neighbors.

The Egyptian embassy would not comment on Sherif's kidnapping and did not release any details to Iraq's ministry of the interior in Baghdad.

Egypt severed its diplomatic ties with Iraq after Saddam Hussein's army invaded Kuwait in 1990.


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