US to help Iraq get rid of sanctions
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US envoy to the UN Susan Rice held talks in Baghdad Friday on helping Iraq get rid of sanctions imposed in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Maliki's office said.
The pair also discussed Iraq's campaign for a special UN investigation into the circumstances surrounding deadly truck bombs at two government ministries in August.
"The prime minister confirmed that it was necessary to let the joint US-Iraq committee work in order to find a way to get Iraq out of Chapter Seven," his office said in an e-mailed statement, referring to the part of the UN charter under which sanctions were imposed on Iraq.
Earlier this month, after meeting with Maliki in Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated that the United States and Iraq were to establish a joint committee to discuss problems related to the sanctions.