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Iraq: OIC Welcomes Governing Council, Calls For Full Government

Jeddah, 15 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) today said the convening on 13 July of the Governing Council in Iraq is a first step towards restoring full independence. However, the secretary-general of the 57-member pan-Islamic body, Abdelouahed Belkeziz, also called for the "expeditious" establishment of a sovereign Iraqi government.

Belkeziz said Iraq should as soon as possible resume "the place it deserves among the nations of the world."