He arrived to open an office that will be an offshoot of Canada's embassy in Amman, Jordan, and will be housed in the British Embassy in Baghdad, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Baird spent the morning in meetings with Iraqi legislators and, under heavy guard, visited the compound of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the CBC said.
A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa acknowledged military intervention in Iraq 10 years ago but stressed "Iraq is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, despite deep and lingering sectarian tensions."
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