Egypt Calls for End to ‘Unacceptable’ Embargo against Iraq
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa called Friday for an end to the "unacceptable and illogical" international embargo in place against Iraq since its invasion of Kuwait 10 years ago.
"The continuation of the embargo imposed on Iraq creates an unacceptable and illogical situation from the Arab point of view," he said.
"Egypt's position and that of Arab countries is clear: the economic embargo against Iraq must end," he stressed.
"We have to think again over this issue" of Iraq, Moussa told journalists questioning him on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2nd, 1990.
Mussa said it was "necessary to take the interests of the Iraqi people into account."
Concerning an eventual improvement in relations between Iraq and the countries of the Gulf, Moussa said he hoped "all of the Arab countries will look again at their positions, particularly now that 10 years have gone by."
Egypt, which participated in the US-led force that ousted Iraq from Kuwait, has frequently called for the lifting of the international sanctions – CAIRO (AFP)
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