Blair urges Iraq investment

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By: Tom Leese
Tony Blair today urged British companies to step up their investment in Iraq and take advantage of the "enormous opportunity" presented by the country's reconstruction efforts.The former prime minister, whose highly controversial decision to topple Saddam Hussein came to dominate his tenure in Number 10, said Iraq was set to become one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the next decade.Foreign investment was essential to rebuilding the country while Iraq's own private sector was still recovering from the state ownership and centralism of the Baathist era, but a "basic problem in terms of perception" was holding back UK firms, he said.

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