Dubai signs MoU with Iraq

DUBAI - Iraq and Dubai have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a uniform civil ID cards, national numbers and regulations on the entry and immigration applicable in all Iraqi seaports, airports and other entry and exit points.

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Published: Wed 25 Feb 2004, 12:22 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:12 AM

This was announced at a Press conference on Monday in presence of Colonel Said Mattar bin Belaila, Director of Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), and Wael Abdul Latif, Basra Governor and member of Iraqi Interim Governing Council.

Abdul Latif pointed out that the MoU would enable Iraq to benefit from the pioneering experiment of DNRD and the technologies it has adopted, be it in the department or at the Dubai International Airport.

"We are certain of their ability to supervise and perform this giant project which involves 26 million Iraqi citizens. The regulations and systems of exit and entry in all the sea, air and land points will be sculpted," he said.

He said that with Iraq facing a crucial time, he was hopeful that the country would open up new channels of communications with the neighbouring Arab and Islamic countries. "Iraq is now ripe for investment," he said, while inviting Arab countries to proceed with taking up such opportunities.

Speaking of the elections in Iraq and the statements made by the UN delegation, Lakhdar Ibrahimi, Mr Abdul Latif said that it is the UN that made the US-British occupation of Iraq look legitimate.

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