Lubaid Abbawi, Iraq's foreign ministry under-secretary, said the appointment will play a significant role in developing bilateral relations and facilitating entry visas to both countries.

Al-Fares is due to begin the job in the next few days.

Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have all named ambassadors to Iraq in the past month.

But because of security concerns, the only Arab ambassador actually posted in Baghdad is the Emirati.