Baghdad International Airport in Iraq has received the first European flight from France since the first Gulf War in 1990.
The Airbus A319 plane of Aigle Azur was carrying 40 French businessmen, French Trade Minister Anne-Marie Idrac, politicians and journalists.
There were strong economic links between France and Iraq before the UN imposed sanctions on Saddam Hussein's regime in the beginning of 1990.
Anne-Marie Idrac said this is a new chance for the development of business between France and Iraq but more globally, between Europe and Iraq, according to The Independent.
Currently, Middle Eastern airlines such as the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Bahrain's Gulf Air, Beirut-based MEA and Turkish Airlines fly to Baghdad.