by Justin Deschamps
During a press conference that was supposed to discuss the opening of a new airport in Dhi Qar, Iraq's transport minister, Kazem Finjan, surprised reporters when he diverted from the talking points memo to claim that the ancient middle-eastern nation's location was once home to space stations built by extraterrestrials.
Finjan referred to the ancient astronaut theorist Zecharia Sitchin, saying:
"I invite those who doubt to read the book of the great Sumerian historian Zecharia Sitchin, or the books of Samuel Kramer including one entitled 'History begins at sumer' which speaks of the first airport constructed on planet earth, and it is there at el Naciria."
"The particularity of this place is that it remains the safest for the landing and takeoff of aircraft, due to favourable weather conditions. When the Sumerians settled on this land, they were aware of this and have chosen specifically for their flights to other planets"