Guter­res urges world sup­port

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UN chief An­to­nio Guter­res urged the global com­mu­nity to sup­port Iraq’s re­con­struc­tion in the wake of the dev­as­tat­ing war with Daesh.

“The whole world owes you a debt for your strug­gle against the deadly global threat posed by Daesh,” Guter­res told a donors’ con­fer­ence in Kuwait City in com­ments di­rected at the Iraqi del­e­ga­tion. “It is time to demon­strate our last­ing grat­i­tude and sol­i­dar­ity with the Iraqi peo­ple,” he said.

Guter­res high­lighted two key UN-backed ini­tia­tives, for which he was seek­ing sup­port. “The UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme’s Fund­ing Fa­cil­ity for Sta­bil­i­sa­tion is work­ing in 25 cities and dis­tricts, sup­port­ing the re­turn of dis­placed peo­ple to their homes,” he said, also an­nounc­ing a new, two-year Re­cov­ery and Re­silience Pro­gramme.

Bagh­dad said it needed $88 bil­lion to re­build af­ter more than three years of fight­ing with Daesh dev­as­tated in­fra­struc­ture.

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