Iraq lifts ban on travel to Israel
Beirut, Lebanon, Jul. 26 (UPI)
Washington Times 26 July 2004
The Iraqi interim government will issue new passports minus the longtime
ban on travel to Israel, an Iraqi official said Monday.
Saber al-Attiya, director of the passports department in Baghdad, was quoted
in Saudi daily al-Sharq al-Awsat as saying Iraqi authorities decided to
cancel the ban on travel to Israel.
"The new passports will not carry the famous expression that stamps most
Arab passports, notably travel is valid to all countries of the world except
Israel," al-Attiya told the newspaper monitored in Beirut.
"Iraqi citizens need no such ban on their passports because they voluntarily
do not think of traveling to Israel," he said.