Iraq reconstruction summit to be held in Kuwait in February
Kuwait will host an international conference from February 12-14 on the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq, in cooperation with the World Bank and private companies, it said Monday.
According to Arabian Business, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah said that despite “past wounds” – a reference to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait – his country had a “moral, humanitarian and Arab” duty to support its neighbour.
“The stability of Iraq is the stability of Kuwait and the region,” he said.
Mehdi al-Alaq, the secretary general of Iraq’s Council of Ministers, said Baghdad and the World Bank had estimated reconstruction would cost at least $100 billion (84 billion euros).
“ISIS displaced 5 million people,” he said, speaking alongside Jarallah in Kuwait City. “We succeeded in returning half to their areas, but we need international support to return the rest of the displaced.”
The International Organization for Migration said last week that by the end of 2017, more than 3.2 million Iraqis had returned home, but 2.6 million remained displaced.
Nearly one third are reported to have returned to houses that have been significantly or completely damaged, it said.
Alaq said heavy damage had also affected oil, electricity, transport, communications and manufacturing infrastructure as well as basic services such as water and sanitation.