The Embassy of Iraq in Berlin
Address: Pacelliallee 19-21, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Fax: 030-81488 222
Amb. Dhia Hadi Mahmoud Al-Dabbass
Dhia Hadi Mahmoud Al-Dabbass was born on the 1st of June 1953.
He is Ambassador to Germany since the 05. 01. 2017.
1977 he got a Higher diploma in mechanics at the University of Bagdad. 1983 he studied Metallurgy a the University of Sarajevo. 1985 he got a Diploma in German at the University of Vienna. 1983 to 2003 he was the Chairman of the Iraqi Human Rights Organization in Austria.
1990-2003 he was representative of the Supreme Islamic Council in Iraq for Austria and Germany. 2004-2010 he was Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in the Czech Republic. 2011-2013 Ambassador, Head of Division for the Arab States, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iraq. 2013-2016 he became Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Republic Egypt and representative of the republic Iraq for the Arab League.
He speaks Arabic, German, English and Serbo-Croatian.
Germany and Iraq enjoy close and friendly relations that date back to well before the founding of the modern Iraqi state. Since the regime change in 2003, relations have increasingly intensified and are now founded on numerous mutual high-level visits. The traditionally close economic ties between Germany and Iraq can be instrumental in helping to reconstruct the country’s infrastructure and basic economic services, thus having a positive impact on the country’s political stabilisation. After a continuous increase in bilateral trade in recent years, German imports and exports have been stagnant, and have even declined slightly of late owing to the uncertainty in the country. In 2014, German exports to Iraq were worth EUR 1.2 billion and German imports from Iraq accumulated to EUR 438 million. The Iraqi market also offers huge potential for German business. A particular priority for the Federal Government is reforming the vocational training sector. It is implementing a whole range of measures as part of its assistance. The Federal Government also provides support to two German Liaison Offices for Industry and Commerce in Iraq (DWI), based in Erbil and Baghdad.
Germany and Iraq cooperate closely in both the cultural and educational sectors. The overall conditions for cultural work in Iraq are difficult on account of the tense security situation. Nevertheless, over the past few years the Federal Government has succeeded in markedly stepping up its engagement there, thus continuing a long tradition of cultural cooperation with Iraq, particularly in higher education through university partnerships and the awarding of scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).