Syrian 'Solidarity' Flight Lands in Baghdad
A Syrian aircraft, the third solidarity flight from Damascus, touched down Wednesday at Saddam International Airport carrying agricultural engineers, the Iraqi News Agency reported.
The delegation was to remain only a few hours, an Iraqi official said.
The first Syrian plane to fly into Baghdad in 20 years landed on October 8, as part of an Arab campaign against a decade-old UN air embargo. A second Syrian aircraft followed three days later.
A long list of Arab countries have tested the embargo, following Russian and French flights, since the reopening of Baghdad's airport on August 17, while Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi flew in last Friday.
Paris and Moscow say the air embargo, part of the sanctions regime, does not cover private non-commercial flights. Washington and London insist all flights must be approved by a UN sanctions committee.
Iraq has been under sanctions since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait -- BAGHDAD (AFP)
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