The spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Iraq said on Sunday that the number of Iraqi participants in the Fulbright program increased to 85 students in 2011.
Aaron Snape told AKnews that more than 600 Iraqi students and scientists had participated in the Fulbright program since 1951, including 302 students and scholars since the program was re-established in 2004.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
"The Iraqi government had contributed in the past year in supporting the participation of double the number of students to be accepted into Fulbright programs, thus confirming the importance of the United States and Iraq in the ranks of International Education."
"The Fulbright program [is] a key element in the bilateral cooperation within the strategic framework agreement between the two countries."
"The U.S. government will always be a committed and consistent partner with Iraq, and looks forward to continue their cooperation within the Strategic Framework Agreement".