Iraq’s Transportation Ministry said on Tuesday that Iraq has decided to sell all its aircraft parked at airports in Jordan, Tunisia and Iran by the former Ba'athist regime.
“The Transportation Ministry has got the approval of the Council of Ministers to sell all its aircrafts, parked in Jordan, Tunisia and Iran, possessed by the Iraqi Airways and covered by exception from the law on sellilng state property, because they have become scrap and can’t return to service”, Nasser al-Shibly told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Shibly said that his Ministry had sold 5 of the planes to Jordan and it is expected to rehabilitate one of them only, and there is the impending sale of two other aircrafts to Tunisia.
Iran had refused to return the planes parked at its airports, as talks with it in this regard had reached to a dead-end.
Iraq had flown the aircraft to other countries to prevent their destruction by the U.S.-led attacks during the Gulf War following Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in 1990.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)