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Arab Parliament chief hails Kuwait’s initiative to hold conference on Iraq

We stand on Iraq’s side and optimistic about its future: Al-Salmi

President of Arab Parliament Mishaal Bin Fahad Al-Salmi meets Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari.

BAGHDAD, Aug 15, (KUNA): Visiting President of Arab Parliament Mishaal bin Fahad Al-Salmi hailed on Tuesday the State of Kuwait’s initiative to hold a conference for reconstructing Iraq. Iraqi Foreign Ministry quoted Al-Salmi as affirming, during a meeting with Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, his support for the Kuwaiti initiative and urged Arab states to seek greater detente with the country. “We stand on Iraq’s side and we are optimistic about its future due to solidarity among its political forces and standing of the Arab brothers on its side,” he stated.

For his part, Al-Jaafari affirmed that his country needed support and contributions to re-construction of the infrastructure. Such help is also required to facilitate comeback of the relocated to their original towns, deal with other challenges such as oil prices’ fall and high cost of the war on terrorism, he added. Iraq, which depends heavily on oil exports, is engaged in wide-scale military action against terror groups, namely the so-called Islamic State.

The IS was driven out of the northern city Mosul recently following fullscale heavy fighting with government troops and paramilitary forces.

On July 31, Kuwait officially announced that it started contacts with world countries, the World Bank and Iraq to prepare for hosting a donors’ conference to rebuild areas liberated from the IS in Iraq, forecast in first quarter of 2018. Mishaal Bin Fahad Al-Salmi said on Monday that during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi, he offered the parliament support to Iraq and its fight against terrorism.

In a statement by the Iraqi government, Al-Salmi was quoted as saying during the meeting “the parliament support Iraq in restoring stability and security to all of its territories,” congratulating the premier on the liberation of the city of Mosul from the socalled Islamic State (IS). According to the statement, the two sides also discussed developments in the region, and the importance of uniting efforts to combat IS and its root cause.

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