Iran welcomes Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait

Iran welcomes Iraq reconstruction conference in Kuwait

Arab nations at the Kuwait worldwide reconstruction conference are expected to step up their efforts to fund the reconstruction of areas destroyed during the war against ISIL in Iraq.

The US, which leads an global coalition that provided Iraq with key air support in the fight against ISIL, does not plan to pledge any money.

Reconstruction in Iraq is badly needed after years of civil war.

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

The hardline militants, who lost all territory they held in Iraq and are on the cusp of defeat in Syria, are trying to gain territory in other countries where they are active, he said, adding that "History must not be allowed to repeat itself elsewhere".

"Rebuilding Iraq is restoring hope to Iraq, and restoring the stability of Iraq is stabilizing the states of the region and the world", al-Jumaili told delegates, adding that the reconstruction was therefore partly the global community's responsibility.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi estimates that Iraq needs $100 billion to rebuild. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend.

The funding will go toward rebuilding roads, hospitals and government buildings in Iraq, according to a release from Global Affairs.

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While the USA will not make any new direct aid pledges at the conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to announce an over $3 billion financial package, an American official said.

Kuwait's Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Khaled al-Jarallah announced that over 2,000 companies and businessmen due to attend the conference where the first day will be dedicated to global and civil organisations.

The U.N. has verified 150 attacks on education facilities and 50 attacks on health centres and personnel since 2014, UNICEF said in a statement.

Approximately 3.5 million Iraqis are still displaced from the three-year war against ISIL.

According to the ministry official website, the spokesman underlined that Iran has had no hesitation in supporting the nation and government of Iraq as it has always stood by them in fight against terrorism and will continue to do so in the future.

Meanwhile France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq on Monday to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction. If you believe in collaboration to produce quality neutral journalism for everyone, it is important that you sign up to support our work financially. We were there to participate in the coalition.

Representative for the United Nations children's fund in Iraq, Peter Hawkins, says reconstruction will be a mammoth task, not just in Mosul, retaken from ISIS last July after several months of fighting, but also elsewhere like al-anbar, Diyala, and Saladine.

He is also set to express France's opposition to any death penalty for two French women awaiting trial in Iraq over accusations of joining ISIL.

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