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|Sunday, August 05, 2001, updated at 12:57(GMT+8)|
Iraq Appoints New Foreign MinisterNaji Sabri Ahmed, Iraqi state minister for foreign affairs, was formally appointed Iraqi foreign minister according to an Iraqi presidential decree on Saturday, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.
Ahmed has replaced Tareq Aziz, Iraqi deputy prime minister who had held the post of acting foreign minister since April.
After a series of diplomatic setbacks, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reshuffled his cabinet on April 18, moving Mohammad Said al-Sahaf, the former foreign minister, to the ministry of information and appointing experienced Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz as acting foreign minister.
Meanwhile, Saddam named Naji Sabri Ahmed, who was once Iraq's ambassador to Austria, to the post of minister of state for foreign affairs.
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