Kuwait conference to discuss reconstruction of Iraq
Kuwait will hold a conference on reconstructing war-torn Iraq early next year, the US presidential envoy said on Friday.
Publish date : Saturday 23 September 2017 12:29
"The Iraqi Government is working very closely with the World Bank and the IMF to stabilize their macroeconomic situation and Prime Minister Abadi's done a great job with that", US envoy Brett McGurk told reporters on Friday.
"The Kuwait reconstruction conference will build on all of that. So that will be early next year", he said.
Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al Sabah had told the UN General Assembly earlier this week that the country intends to host an international donor conference in the coming year to help Iraq rebuild the areas devastated during the war against the Islamic State group.
Al Sabah congratulated Iraq for its recent victories on the battlefield against Daesh during his address to the UN on Wednesday, expressing hopes that national reconciliation would create conditions to start reconstruction efforts and allow refugees to return home.
On Thursday, Iraq began an offensive to retake Hawija, one of two remaining bastions of the Takfiri terrorist group in the country.
Iraqi forces have now forced Daesh out of all its Iraqi territories except Hawija, 300 kilometers north of Baghdad, and several pockets of territory near the border with Syria.
The town was one of the first areas to fall under Daesh control in 2014.
Iraqi forces declared victory over the extremists in Mosul in July and in the western town of Tal Afar the following month.
The Islamic State group swept through a third of Iraq in 2014, seizing Mosul, the largest city in the north, and reaching the vicinity of Baghdad.