Canada contributing $12M to rebuilding critical infrastructure in Iraq


Heading a diplomatic delegation, the Iranian foreign minister has travelled to Kuwait to join officials from more than 70 countries and global organizations for the worldwide Conference on the Reconstruction of Iraq, which opened on Monday.

Governments from around the world on Wednesday pledged billions of dollars in loans and investment for the reconstruction of Iraq, a nation reeling from a three-year war against Daesh terrorist group.

USA officials said the thrust of Tillerson's message was that "eyes have to be on the prize" and anything that hinders Islamic State's defeat will impair broader objectives such as a political transition in Syria that ultimately leads to an end of the war and blunts Iranian behavior throughout the region.

The donations fall a long way short of the $88.2 billion Iraq has said it will need to rebuild the country following several years of war with Daesh. Only half have returned to their hometowns in Iraq.

"We stress honest and non-conditional participation of the worldwide community in this rebuilding process", Qassemi said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sounded the alarm at a coalition gathering in Kuwait City.

"We must continue to enable hospitals to reopen, restore water and electricity services, and get boys and girls back in school".

Qatar said it would allocate $1 billion in loans and investments, while the United Arab Emirates pledged $500 million in investment.

He also stressed the continuation of the Kingdom's support for all measures aimed at reinforcing Iraq's security and stability and preserving its sovereignty and independence.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the pledge at a donor's conference at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City.