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Does this mean

by JP Bill / June 22, 2005 4:23 AM PDT

Iraq is open for business? (to all countries)

Seeking aid from others for new Iraq

A few months ago any country that wasn't a "member of the coalition" was not able to bid on contracts in Iraq.

At the conference, Rice stressed that the world had obligations to support and strengthen postwar Iraq. "Iraq, in turn, has obligations of its own," she said, if it is to make the best use of the international assistance.

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maybe but i would hope
by Mark5019 / June 22, 2005 5:31 AM PDT
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priority would go to the coubtries that helped the war.
some who were in saddams pocket shouldnt be allowed:france, russia, germany.

and then the countries who didnt help can apply:D

of course this is just my feelings

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I heard her speech...
by Angeline Booher / June 22, 2005 5:45 AM PDT
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... which was televised here.

I'm no expert, but my take centered on the statement in the article:

....but an Iraqi government spokesman said the country would ask countries to forgive Iraq's heavy debts and to encourage investment in the country.

And that may have been her meaning - investments.

Like you, my impression was that contracts for reconstruction be limited to coalition members. Whether or not her call was indicative of a change, I don't know.

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