Finland have revealed plans to reopen its embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in order to promote relations and commercial agreements between the two countries.
Finland has had no diplomatic presence in Baghdad since 1991, with the Finnish ambassador for Iraq being based in Helsinki since 2006.
Timo Soini, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs commented: 'Iraq belongs to the European neighborhood and its development will affect Finland'.
He also referenced the significant Iraqi community based in Finland and that the agenda for relations between the two countries include the potential return of Iraqi asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected.
Source: Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs