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Shocker: 100 World Leaders Hail Iraq Progress

From France’s AFP:

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (C) makes the opening address at the first annual review of the International Compact with Iraq in Stockholm May 29, 2008.

World praises progress in Iraq as Baghdad seeks debt relief

by Pia Ohlin

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – World leaders, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on Thursday hailed Baghdad’s progress in combatting violence and stabilising Iraq.

A declaration adopted by 100 delegations at a Stockholm conference said the participants “recognised the important efforts made by the (Iraqi) government to improve security and public order and combat terrorism and sectarian violence across Iraq.”

It also acknowledged political and economic progress made, and said that “given the difficult context, these successes are all the more remarkable.”

In a speech earlier to the conference, Ban said Iraq was “stepping back from the abyss that we feared most,” adding that with international help the war-torn country could fulfill its “vision of becoming a free, secure, stable and prosperous nation.”

He cautioned however that “the situation remains fragile.”

The one-day conference in Stockholm, hosted by Ban and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was attended by Rice, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband among others…

Maliki stressed that great progress had been made toward creating long-term stability in all areas, and asked world leaders “to end the international sanctions that were imposed on Iraq because of the previous regime and to write off debts.”

He noted that his country was not poor thanks to its rich oil resources, but said the debt was weighing down reconstruction efforts.

According to the Iraqi government, Iraq’s total debt, excluding interest, is some 140 billion dollars, including 10 billion dollars owed to Saudi Arabia and a little less to Kuwait.

Iraq’s debt has been reduced by 66.5 billion dollars, US State Department figures show.

Rice urged the world community and especially Iraq’s Arab neighbours to re-establish diplomatic ties with Baghdad…

Of course the Democrats, especially their “leaders,” see no such progress. And never will as long as there is one lying breath left in their bodies.

They are still determined that the US must be defeated at all costs.

After all, they’ve got an election to win.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 29th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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