Saudi companies will soon showboat their products at Baghdad's international fairground, a newspaper reported Tuesday, April 10.
"The coming days will see an exhibition dedicated to Saudi firms," exhibitions head Fawzi Hussein Al-Dhaher said, quoted by Al-Rafidain weekly.
Dhaher added that "Iraq does not oppose the participation of Kuwaiti companies in either specialized exhibitions or the Baghdad international trade fair."
Al-Rafidain also quoted Trade Minister Mohammad Mehdi Saleh as saying contacts had been made with "a view to organizing an exhibition for US companies."
But Saleh reiterated that "Iraq prohibits the participation of companies dealing with the Zionist entity."
More than 1,500 foreign companies — but only one American one — turned up at November's Baghdad international trade fair seeking contracts in sanctions-hit Iraq.
Iraq regularly fustigates Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — which it occupied in 1990, triggering the sanctions and the Gulf War — for hosting US and British aircraft policing its southern skies. — (AFP, Baghdad
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