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History of Relations
established its diplomatic relations with South Africa in August 1998.
Iraqi government delegation that included the Iraqi Deputy President attended
South Africa’s first Presidential inauguration in Pretoria during 1994. During
October 1995 an official Iraqi delegation attended the UNCTAD Conference in South
Africa. During the visit, informal discussions were held with the desk.The first
official visit to Iraq by a South African delegation took place during November1996.
During the visit meetings were held with various Iraqi Ministers, including Foreign
Minister Al-Sahaf. The delegation also visited Kuwait, Jordan and the Arab League
in order to consult on South Africa’s approach to relations with Baghdad. The
Iraqi authorities were informed that South Africa wanted to normalize its relations
with Kuwait, including the establishment of a diplomatic mission in Kuwait City.The
Iraqi Deputy President, Mr Taha Yassin Ramadan, Foreign Minister Mr Al-Sahaf as
well as the Senior Under Secretary, Mr Nizar Hamdoun, attended the NAM Conference
that was held in Durban during September 1998. During the conference, Deputy President
Mbeki met with Mr Taha Yassin Ramadan. Diplomatic relations with Iraq were concluded
during November 1998 by means of an exchange of notes through our respective missions
in New York.
Deputy Minister Pahad led the first significant business delegation
consisting of 30 South African companies to Iraq during November 1999. During
the visit, Deputy Minister Pahad held bilateral discussions with the Deputy President
of Iraq, Mr Taha Yassin Ramadan, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tariq Aziz, the
Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Oil, Trade, Industry, and Health and Senior Under
Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Nizar Hamdoun. In addition he also met with
the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Mr Hans von Sponeck, and the Head of
Most recently Deputy Minister Pahad visited Iraq and the region
in April 2001. Discussions were held with, inter alia, Deputy Prime Minister Mr
Tariq Aziz and the Senior Deputy Minister for Oil, Mr Hamad. There was an agreement
to encourage South African private sector companies and State Enterprises to get
involved in a significant way with the United Nations ‘Oil for Food Program’ and
the general reconstruction of the Iraqi economy and infrastructure which has been
severely hit by ten years of UN sanctions.
South African Representation in Iraq
there is no South African residential diplomatic representation in Iraq. The South African Embassy in Jordan is
responsible for relations with Iraq.
Iraqi Representation in South
In 2001 Iraq upgraded its representation in South Africa to the
rank of the Ambassador.
H E Dr S A J Kindeel
Extraordinary & Plenipoteniary
Embassy of the
Republic of Iraq
Visa requirements for South Africans
more information contact the Iraqi Embassy in Pretoria.
Malaria risk between May and November: Prophylactic may
be required. Hepatitis A and B immunisation is recommended. Tetanus immunisation
is recommended for rural travel. Typhoid is present in certain areas.
further information go to Travelers' Health.
Dry and hot in the summer and warm winters with some rain.
up-to-date weather information click here
The monetary unit is the Iraqi Dinar. US dollars are useful for
visitors but due to the economic embargo the Iraqi Dinar is not pegged to international
As on 17 January 2002 R1 = 0.0267 Iraqi Dinar
current exchange rates click here
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please
contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com
For current information on trade statistics between South
Africa and Iraq, visit the web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa
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