Allawi appeals for EU help

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has appealed to European leaders to bury past divisions and to come to his country's aid.

    The Iraqi leader addressed a two-day EU summit in Brussels

    But not all leaders heeded his call at the two-day EU summit in Brussels and French President Jacques Chirac skipped a lunch hosted by the EU leaders for Allawi on Friday.

    France was the most outspoken critic of last year's US-led war on Iraq and relations with the interim government in Baghdad have been chilly.

    But Chirac insisted he was not snubbing Allawi.

    Europe was deeply split by the Iraq war, with an anti-war group led by France and Germany standing against a pro-US camp spearheaded by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

    But the 25-strong bloc is trying to unite behind the reconstruction of the country. EU leaders endorsed the immediate release of a limited aid package of $39 million to support the election process before Iraqi polls planned for January.

    Welcomed

    US President George Bush has welcomed aid given by the EU to Iraq.

    "The United States especially welcomes the EU's reaffirmation today of its commitment to assist in the emergence of a stable, secure and democratic Iraq," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

    "These steps are all important investments in Iraq's future".

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.