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The American Embassy, abandoned during the gulf crisis, will reopen soon as an interest office manned by Polish diplomats, Poland's ambassador said Thursday.

The ambassador, Karzysztof Plominski, told The Associated Press that he forwarded to Iraqi authorities on June 13 an official request from Washington to reopen the embassy. He received the acceptance Thursday.A team of four Polish diplomats, headed by Poland's former ambassador to Pakistan, will staff the embassy, which is expected to open by the end of the month, said Plominski.

The Polish special section will be responsible for protecting U.S. property and interests, including the apartments of former diplomats and employees as well as American citizens in Iraq, such as relief workers and journalists.

The U.S. embassy, a terraced, two-story building of sand-colored concrete, remains sealed up behind a high wall topped with barbed wire and observation cameras.