Qatar committed to supporting Iraq reconstruction: FM


Kuwait will celebrate Liberation Day from Iraq in two weeks and Iraq still pays it reparations.

The emir of Kuwait pledged $2 billion towards the reconstruction of neighbouring Iraq, at an worldwide donors' conference in Kuwait City on Wednesday.

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support the humanitarian situation in Iraq recommended Monday to implement humanitarian and development programs, worth 335 million USA dollars, in Iraqi areas affected by armed conflicts.

Meanwhile, the United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State yesterday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there.

"We stress honest and non-conditional participation of the worldwide community in this rebuilding process", Qassemi said.

Qatar said it would allocate $1 billion in loans and investments, while the United Arab Emirates pledged $500 million in investment.

"Adulfattah told the global donors' conference that rebuilding Iraq is restoring hope to Iraq, and restoring the stability of Iraq is stabilising the states of the region and the world", said Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili.

Several countries in the Middle East have pledged billions of dollars in aid to help war-torn Iraq in its mission to rebuild the country following a four-year war against the Islamic State, Al Jazeera reports.

Rebuilding homes, hospitals, schools, roads, businesses and telecommunications will be key to providing jobs for the young, ending the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and putting an end to decades of political and sectarian violence.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is contributing another $12 million for reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The New York Times has suggested failure to obtain the vast sums needed for reconstruction represents "a humiliating blow for the Iraqi government" and could threaten the future of Iraq's Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi.

The UN chief also highlighted the need for an "all-inclusive reconciliation process", calling on Iraqi authorities to abide by UN Resolution 1325, which addresses the impacts of armed conflicts on women.