Britain hails Iraqi government deal

21st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain welcomed the green light given to the new Iraqi government on Tuesday, saying it would allow Baghdad to start tackling the country's problems.

"I welcome the fact that a new government has now been formed in Iraq and approved by the Iraqi parliament," Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

"This will reinforce stability in Iraq and allow Iraq's political leaders to work together for the benefit of their country and people.

"We hope the new government will now focus on resolving the pressing economic, political and security issues still facing Iraq.

"The United Kingdom stands ready to support the Iraqi government and people in this effort."

Britain was the United States' main partner in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, with 46,000 of its troops taking part. The British mission in Iraq ended in July last year.

Iraq's parliament on Tuesday gave Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government a vote of confidence and adopted a programme aimed at liberalising the economy and fighting terrorism, after more than nine months of political wrangling.

© 2010 AFP

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