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US Launches $5 Million Airport Security Program in Iraq

As an initiative by Washington, officials from the US Embassy in Baghdad and Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA), have announced the launch of a $5 million airport security program in Iraq.

According to a statement by the US Consulate General in Erbil, the US government-funded initiative “will provide both training and equipment in close coordination and partnership with Iraq civil aviation experts.”

Joey Hood, chargé d’affaires at the US embassy in Baghdad, welcomed and praised the program, noting that it would help Iraq to attract foreign investors, the statement added.

“Airports are gateways to the world. This cooperative program will not only improve passenger safety for the Iraqi people, but will bolster Iraq’s ability to attract foreign investors, expand global trade linkages, and encourage economic growth.”

Officials from the ICAA, and the international airports of Erbil, Baghdad, and Basra have already had discussions on how the program could be implemented and how the security at the airports in Iraq would be standardized, the press release explained.

“The launch of the program is an indication of Iraq’s expanding role in the global aviation community and underscores the U.S. commitment to help build a prosperous and diversified Iraqi economy as outlined in the US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.”  Source