Iraq conference opens in Sweden
AFP · 29 May 2008, 10:51
Published: 29 May 2008 10:51 GMT+02:00
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"We stand ready to support the government of Iraq and all Iraqis in the quest for a sovereign and democratic united and prosperous country," Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said as the one-day conference opened at 10:05 am on the outskirts of Stockholm.
Around 100 delegations were at the conference, which is being hosted by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and attended by among others US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
It is the first follow-up meeting since the International Compact with Iraq (ICI), a five-year peace and economic development plan, was adopted at a May 2007 international conference at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
At that meeting senior officials from more than 60 countries and organizations promised to cancel $30 billion of Iraqi debt.