Following today’s momentous decision by the UN Security Council to ease several longstanding Chapter VII restrictions on Iraq, politicians close to the discussions were all in agreement that this was a major step forward for the country.
US Vice President Joe Biden, who chaired the meeting, said “Iraq is on the cusp of something remarkable — a stable, self-reliant nation“.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (pictured) pointed to the challenges still facing Iraq, but added, “today we recognize how far the country has come in key aspects of its journey to normalize its status in the community of nations.”
Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told the council, “the adoption of these important resolutions marks the beginning of the end of the sanctions regime and restriction on Iraq’s sovereignty, independence and recovery. Our people will rejoice for having turned a chapter on the aggressive, belligerent and defiant behavior of the previous regime toward international law and legitimacy.”
Abdulrahman al-Mashhadani, economist and Professor at Baghdad’s al-Mustansiriya University, said: “This is one of the important decisions that we have been waiting for … I have received this decision with great joy. It has huge economic effects [for] Iraq.”
“It’s a new day for Iraq“, a State Department official told Fox News.
(Sources: Fox News, AFP, BBC, Reuters)