Iraq and Jordan are set to resume regular flights to each other's capitals in December, in defiance of a 10-year UN air embargo, a senior Iraqi official was quoted Monday as saying.
Iraqi Airways and Royal Jordanian airlines "will in early December resume air links" between the two countries, initially at the rate of three times a week, the official told the Al-Shabab weekly newspaper.
The official, who was not named, gave no other details.
Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb said on November 3 after the first visit to Baghdad by an Arab head of government in 10 years said the matter was still under discussion.
A 10-year embargo, including a ban on commercial air services to and from Iraq, remains in place despite dozens of Arab, French, Russian and other flights to Baghdad since Saddam International Airport near the capital was reopened in August.
The latest was a chartered flight carrying dentists from Jordan which landed in Baghdad Monday, the fourth Jordanian plane to make the trip in the last two months.
Launched by Russian and French initiatives to test the air embargo, around 60 foreign planes have now landed in Baghdad since Saddam International reopened.
UN sanctions were imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, and they can be lifted only once the United Nations certifies Iraq has scrapped its weapons of mass destruction.
However, many Arab and other countries have been steadily pushing for the lifting of the sanctions because of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq -- BAGHDAD (AFP)
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