National holiday declared

Iraq marks 91st anniversary of League of Nations recognition

BAGHDAD, October 3 — Iraq marked the 91st anniversary of its recognition by the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, with an official holiday declared by the government.

The League of Nations issued its ruling on October 3, 1932, admitting the Kingdom of Iraq, as it was known then, effectively ending the British Mandate in the country and recognizing the organization’s first independent Arab member state.

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently published the original document recognizing its independence to its website. The document was drawn up in the Swiss capital, Geneva, on October 1, 1932. It was then voted on by the Great Powers on October 3 after lengthy negotiations between Baghdad and London, and later between Iraq and the leaders of the League of Nations and the major countries.

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