First Spanish Flight Lands in Iraq
The first Spanish delegation to fly into Saddam International Airport in the campaign to end an air embargo on Iraq met Iraqi officials on Thursday, officials said.
The 35 politicians, businessmen, doctors and journalists landed in Baghdad on Wednesday night on a three-day solidarity mission, said Abdel Razak Al-Hashemi, head of Iraq's friendship, peace and solidarity organisation.
The Spanish flight "confirms the refusal of the unjust embargo imposed on Iraq and the failure of American efforts to prevent the embargo from crumbling," said the former higher education minister.
Russia, France and Turkey as well as numerous Arab countries have sent flights to challenge the decade-old sanctions regime since the reopening of Baghdad airport in August
Two flights were due to touch down in Baghdad on Thursday, one carrying trade unionists from Damascus and the other 120 politicians and cultural figures from Cairo, however the latter has been cancelled, Iraqi officials said – BAGHDAD (AFP)
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