Kuwait be­gins prepa­ra­tions for Iraq donors’ con­fer­ence: Deputy FM

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Kuwait said Mon­day it started contacts with world coun­tries, the World Bank and Iraq to pre­pare for host­ing a donors’ con­fer­ence to re­build ar­eas lib­er­ated from so-called Is­lamic State (IS) in Iraq, ex­pected to be held in first quar­ter 2018.

“Kuwait has al­ways stood by Iraq via the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion (fight­ing IS) and bi­lat­er­ally,” Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah told re­porters dur­ing a re­cep­tion held by the Iraqi Em­bassy to cel­e­brate lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul, north­ern Iraq. No date has been set for the donors’ con­fer­ence, said Jar­al­lah.

But he stopped short to say it would most prob­a­bly be held within the first quar­ter of 2018. His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said on July 11 Kuwait was ready to host an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on re­con­struc­tion of lib­er­ated ar­eas in Iraq. His High­ness the Amir made the re­marks dur­ing a phone call with Iraqi Prime Min­is­ter Haidar Al-Abadi to con­grat­u­late him on the “his­toric vic­tory” on IS in Mo­sul. His High­ness the Amir hoped the vic­tory would give a boost to unity of Iraqi peo­ple, boost se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.

Abadi ex­pressed grat­i­tude for His High­ness the Amir for this “noble ini­tia­tive.” The World Bank had said it would shore up sup­port for the long-term re­con­struc­tion of ar­eas in Iraq lib­er­ated from the clutches of IS.

World Bank Re­gional Di­rec­tor Saroj Ku­mar said the in­ter­na­tional lender was keen to sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic re­form plans, and the re­con­struc­tion and development of Iraqi cities. Mean­while, Jar­al­lah said Kuwait and Iraq were co­or­di­nat­ing over all is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est. He con­grat­u­lated the Iraqi peo­ple for the vic­tory in Mo­sul.

Kuwait’s sup­port

In Bagh­dad, Iraqi Vice Pres­i­dent Nouri Al-Ma­liki has ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Kuwait’s stance sup­port­ing his coun­try in the face of ter­ror­ism. This came on Mon­day dur­ing Ma­liki’s re­cep­tion of Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Iraq Salem Al-Za­manan, said a state­ment by Ma­liki’s of­fice.

Ma­liki ex­tolled Kuwaitis’ con­tri­bu­tion to pro­vid­ing re­lief and hu­man­i­tar­ian sup­port for dis­placed Iraqis, the state­ment added. He voiced his hope that the State of Kuwait would con­tinue its ef­forts to re­solve the re­gion’s prob­lems in or­der to achieve sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic pros­per­ity, it noted. Dur­ing the meet­ing, the two sides dis­cussed the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and de­vel­op­ments in Iraq as well as ef­forts seek­ing to achieve na­tional con­sen­sus amongst the Iraqi seg­ments, the state­ment con­cluded.

— KUNA

KUWAIT: Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah speaks dur­ing a re­cep­tion held by the Iraqi Em­bassy to cel­e­brate the lib­er­a­tion of Mo­sul.

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