Iraq has asked Jordan to stop charter flights to Baghdad because they are not contributing to breaking the decade-old UN sanctions regime, an Iraqi transport ministry official said Thursday, march 15.
"The transport ministry has officially asked Jordan to stop commercial charter flights to Baghdad because they are not contributing to breaking the embargo," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
According to the official, Baghdad made the request because Jordan seeks approval from the UN sanctions committee for the list of passengers traveling to Baghdad.
"For example, the UN sanctions committee recently refused (pro-Iraqi) British Labor MP George Galloway aboard a Jordanian plane going to Baghdad and has prevented Iraqi officials and citizens traveling on these flights," he said.
Since a maiden voyage on November 30, Jordan has scheduled twice weekly flights on Royal Jordanian to Iraq, every Monday and Thursday. The flights follow UN procedure and receive UN approval 48 hours before departure.
Dozens of planes have flown into Baghdad since the reopening of Saddam International Airport last August as part of humanitarian efforts to lift the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. — (AFP, Baghdad)
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