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EU Pledges to Help Rebuild Iraq

European Union foreign ministers told their Iraqi counterpart on Monday they were ready to help rebuild his country by providing money and other aid to establish a stable democracy. The pledge coincided with another sign of Europe’s eagerness to mend ties: France said Monday it had restored diplomatic relations with Iraq, which were broken 13 years ago during the Gulf War. In a draft statement, the 25 EU foreign ministers agreed to send a scouting mission to Iraq “as long as conditions allow it” to determine the best way for the EU to promote democracy, the rule of law and human rights there. Full Story

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