Berlin congratulates Iraqi interim government

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28 June 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder congratulated the Iraqi interim government Monday on assuming power in Baghdad. A government spokesman said the German charge d'affaires in Baghdad, Bernd Erbel, had handed interim Premier Iyad Allawi a congratulatory telegram from Schroeder. At the foreign ministry in Berlin, a spokeswoman said that for Iraq, the power handover was "an important step on the road back to the circle of independent nations". In Istanbul, where Germany is taking part

28 June 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder congratulated the Iraqi interim government Monday on assuming power in Baghdad.

A government spokesman said the German charge d'affaires in Baghdad, Bernd Erbel, had handed interim Premier Iyad Allawi a congratulatory telegram from Schroeder.

At the foreign ministry in Berlin, a spokeswoman said that for Iraq, the power handover was "an important step on the road back to the circle of independent nations".

In Istanbul, where Germany is taking part in the NATO summit, a German official said the buildup of Iraq's own security forces by the new Baghdad government was of central importance for the country's future.

The source said that what was vital was that the consensus found among Iraq's most important groups must remain durable and can stand up against the challenge of terrorism. A necessary factor in this is the build-up of significant Iraqi security forces, the source said.

There was no major significance in the fact that the power handover in Iraq came two days earlier than planned, according to sources in the German delegation. One said the fact that the handover had come now had shown that "matters are ripe" in Baghdad.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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