Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Kuwait conference reviews support to Iraqi people

Kuwait conference reviews support to Iraqi people

The Journal published the article on the cost of rebuilding the war-ravaged country ahead of comments by Iraqi officials to worldwide donors during a conference in Kuwait Monday, noting that the World Bank assessment is expected to frame reconstruction arguments during the three-day event.

"Rebuilding Iraq is restoring hope to Iraq, and restoring the stability of Iraq is stabilizing the states of the region and the world", said Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili, adding that it also fell on the global community to aid reconstruction. When I was there four years ago, Baghdad looked dowdy and as though nothing new had been built since 1980 (compare to other oil countries like Kuwait or the UAE and the stagnation is breathtaking).

He hoped that these conferences, efforts and activities will achieve its objectives, adding that since "they have made tremendous efforts to win in time of war, we all must exert greater efforts to win in time of peace". Iraq is the 10th most corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International.

Kuwait's state news agency, KUNA, reported a pledge of providing Iraq with $330 million in humanitarian aid by non-governmental organizations at a parallel NGO conference. "We call for the unconditional and honest participation of the worldwide community in the reconstruction of Iraq", he added.

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Abdulwahab Al Bader, Director General of Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) reminded the attendees that Iraq was viciously attacked by terrorism, leading to the displacement of over five million civilians.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose government puts the costs of reconstruction at more than $88 billion, said Iraq could not rebuild without outside help.

Kuwait is setting aside its past differences with Iraq to host the summit.

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Hiti said that the Iraqi government would unveil more than 150 investment projects in different fields, in addition to offering a number of investment projects by the private sector.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also vowed his country's support during a visit to Iraq on Monday, without giving a specific figure.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to answer a US call for it to expand its small training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction.

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