Former Iraqi PM visits the show

 - December 7, 2006, 9:33 AM

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi toured the Dubai airshow yesterday, and hinted at major purchases in the future to rebuild his nation’s aviation base. “Iraq’s air force and national airline will require a multibillion-dollar investment for a long-term restructuring program, and we will use this show to further what is needed in Iraq,” said Allawi. “I have been talking to most of the manufacturers and they have all expressed their desire to do business in Iraq, so it’s good to be here and start building some bridges for the future.” Allawi was on a private visit. Here he talks with Clive Richardson, Chief Executive Aerospace Division with the show’s organizers, Fairs & Exhibitions.