France Makes First Official Visit to Iraq
Throw out the “freedom fries”…
… There’s a new French Chef in town.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has arrived in the Iraqi capital Baghdad for a visit at the invitation of the country’s president.
The visit marks the first time a French minister has been to Iraq since it opposed the US-led invasion in 2003.
The election in May of Nicolas Sarkozy as French president brought a big improvement in relations with the US.
The French Foreign Ministry said Mr Kouchner was in the country to express a “message of solidarity”.
The ministry’s statement said: “At the invitation of Mr. Jalal Talabani, president of Iraq, the foreign minister has just begun an official visit to Baghdad.