Iran's FM in Kuwait for Conference on Rebuilding Iraq

Pauline Gross
February 14, 2018

The Kuwaiti summit brought together NGO's and countries alike to negotiate an assistance package that would help Iraq rebuild itself after 15 years of armed conflict, dating back to the 2003 USA invasion and culminating with the recent devastation inflicted by the "Islamic State" insurgency.

More than 70 countries would attend the Wednesday meeting.

The U.S. and the United Kingdom - countries leading the 2003 invasion of Iraq - also said they would allocate funds for the reconstruction of Iraq.

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Donors and investors were told the bill to replace housing and infrastructure destroyed by the conflict will amount to $88.2bn by Iraqi officials at an global conference held in neighbouring Kuwait on Monday (12 February).

But the fighting has been devastating - leaving thousands dead, millions displaced and nearly 150,000 houses destroyed.

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According to UNICEF representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins, the conference on the reconstruction of this country, organized by Kuwait and scheduled for February 12th to 14th, represents a unique opportunity to draw attention to the alarming situation of children, among other issues.

Dr Gargash later tweeted that there would also be $5.5 billion from the UAE in private investments in Iraq "in addition" to his country's pledge but it was not clear if this was a new announcement.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had previously vowed that his government would work towards combatting corruption and bureaucracy in the country.

It will also help law enforcement authorities and promote women's participation in rebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

Other reports by GizPress

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