Iraq

March 14, 2001

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The Iraqi embassy in Beirut, closed since 1994, reopened Tuesday after a decision by Lebanon to re-establish diplomatic ties with Baghdad. Meanwhile,

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Iraq has earned close to $40 billion since the start of the United Nations oil-for-food program in December 1996, said a UN report.

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Iraq plans to resume crude exports from a second Gulf oil terminal under the U.N. oil-for-food program, an Iraqi official said on March 13th.

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Iraq exported a total of 10.2 million barrels of crude last week under UN supervision, far below its capacity, the office administering the oil-for-food programme said Tuesday.

March 13, 2001

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Arab foreign ministers decided overnight Monday to include the issue of Iraq on the March 27 Amman Arab summit agenda.

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Lebanon took the first step this week to restoring relations with Iraq, rescinding a 1994 decision to break off ties with Baghdad, a senior Lebanese official told AFP Saturday, March 10. "The governme

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Syrian President Bashar aA-Assad promulgated a law Saturday on the free trade agreement signed with Iraq in January, the official SANA agency reported.  The deal signed in Damascus on January 31 by Sy

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A summit of Arab leaders in Jordan this month will discuss reactivating the use of boycotts against Israel, Arab foreign ministers decided on Monday, March 12.  The ministers agreed to include the que

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Turkish Trade Secretary Kursad Tuzman said Tuesday, March 13, that Ankara wanted to boost trade with Baghdad to pre-1990 levels of more than $2.5 billion a year.  "The volume of trade was more than $2

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Iraq on March 12th urged Arab leaders not to discuss sanctions against Baghdad at an upcoming summit in Amman and to concentrate instead on conflicts between Israel and Palestine.

March 12, 2001

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U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham on March 8th said that Washington preferred to let markets determine oil prices and would not engage in public discussions over pricing levels.

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A 400-member Turkish trade mission heads for Iraq on Monday, March 12, to relaunch economic ties frozen by an embargo now considered obsolete, Anatolia news agency reported.  Trade secretary Kursad Tu

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Arab foreign ministers arrived in Cairo Sunday, March 11, amid intense diplomatic activity ahead of two days of meetings to discuss what position to take on Iraq at the Arab summit planned for March 2

March 11, 2001

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Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has said that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will not take part in the forthcoming Arab summit in Amman on March 2

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As further evidence of illegal Iraqi surcharges surfaces, the U.S. and the U.K. are considering cutting the number of companies authorized to buy Iraqi crude to allow for better monitoring, diplomats