- Title: IRAQ: US AMBASSADOR OPENS THE NEW U.S CONSOLATE IN MOSUL
- Date: 28th July 2004
- Summary: (W4)MOSUL, IRAQ (JULY 28, 2004)(REUTERS) 1. SLV US AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ JOHN NEGROPONTE ARRIVING AT THE CONSULATE BUILDING ALONG WITH AMERICAN OFFICIALS 0.07 2. WIDE OF NEGROPONTE SHAKING HANDS WITH IRAQI OFFICIALS AT CONSULATE 0.16 3. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEGROPONTE SAYING "Today, to raise the American flag over this office in Mosul, a gesture that is far more than merely symbolic. It demonstrates American interest in Northern Iraq and our commitment to support and help the people of this region as you strive to construct a new country." 0.28 4. WIDE OF NEGROPINTE 0.41 5. VARIOUS OF U.S. TROOPS RAISING THE AMERICAN FLAG/AMERICAN ANTHEM PLAYING 0.57 6. WIDE OF U.S FLAG 1.04 7. WIDE OF CONSULATE BUILDING WITH US FLAG 1.10 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 12th August 2004 13:00
- Location: MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVAF4Z5SA1APNCYHQ3REV4JC105D
- Story Text: United States opens its consulate in Iraq's northern
city of Mosul.
The United States opened it consulate on Wednesday
(July 28) in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240
miles) north of Baghdad.
A flag-raising ceremony was held at the building of the
consulate at a former palace of Saddam Hussein, in the
centre of the city of Mosul. The ceremony was attended by
Iraqi officials and American diplomats and military staff.
The United States' ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte,
said the opening of the consulate is more than a symbolic
gesture by his government.
"Today, to raise the American flag over this office in
Mosul, a gesture that is far more than merely symbolic. It
demonstrates American interest in Northern Iraq, and our
commitment to support and help the people of this region as
you strive to construct a new country," Negroponte said.
The consulate in Mosul is the third to be opened by the
United States in Iraq. The first two were opened earlier
this month one in the southern city of Basra and the other
in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
The United States reopened its embassy in Baghdad on
June 30 following a resumption of diplomatic relations
between the two countries after a rupture of ties 13 years
The opening of the embassy took place a day after a new
Iraqi government was handed power from the United States on
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