Allies pledge billions for Iraq's reconstruction

“We need to rely on all our neighbours and friends to help Iraq invest in its future,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said. Overall Baghdad is seeking $88.2 billion in aid from donors

Allies pledge billions for Iraq's reconstruction

Dujarric said that, in Kuwait, Guterres seeks to boost more worldwide support for the reconstruction of Iraq and raise awareness of the many challenges in that regard.

Iraq secured almost $25 billion in the first few hours of the final day of an global donors' conference in Kuwait City, which was still ongoing.

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.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain has continuously supported the Republic of Iraq in its fight against the terrorist organisation of Daesh in building the new Iraq and in the worldwide recognition of the Republic of Iraq.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran, Riyadh's arch-rival.

About 2.5 million Iraqis remain displaced by the unrelenting conflict, which saw Islamic militants accused of beheadings, crucifixions, slavery and rape.

Iraq's minister of planning Qusai Abdelfattah had said his country needed an estimated $88.2bn to achieve its goals - $22bn of which are needed "immediately", he noted.

Germany said it would provide $350 million in assistance. 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.

It will also help law enforcement authorities and promote women's participation in rebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

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