G-7 reaffirm support for reconstruction meeting
GENEVA, Jan 30, (KUNA): The chief of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing on Tuesday spoke highly of a Kuwaiti initiative to hold a conference over the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq. In his meeting with Kuwait’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, Swing was invited to attend the Kuwait-hosted conference on Feb 12-14.
On the conference, the director general of the intergovernmental body pointed out that it proves yet again Kuwait’s unwavering commitment towards humanitarian causes. He added that His Highness the Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s shrewdness has garnered him the admiration of the international community. Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti envoy told KUNA that the muchacclaimed conference would prove instrumental in restoring stability and security in Baghdad. Al-Ghunaim revealed that he plans to invite other bodies affiliated with the UN to take part in the conference as well. Donor countries and organizations are expected to announce financial aid to Iraq at the meeting next month.
Meanwhile, ambassadors of the world giant seven economies (G7) reaffirmed, during a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi Monday, their countries’ “active” participation in an international conference for reconstruction of Iraq, due in Kuwait next month.
A government statement quoted the ambassadors and representative of the World Bank as expressing their support for economic reforms in Iraq and their active participation in the Feb 12-14 conference. The World Bank, said the statement, finalized a report about Iraq’s reconstruction needs. Abadi said the government was serious and pursuing economic reforms, creation of jobs and removing all hurdles facing investment. Earlier, Abadi said Monday close cooperation among Arab countries contributed to decline of terrorism in the region, calling for promotion of economic and social relations among Arab people to achieve security and political stability.
Arab countries joined hands in pursuit terrorists and cutting their funding resources, and this helped Iraq in its war against terrorism thus enabling it to eliminate so-called Islamic State (IS), Abadi said in an interview with Al-Arabiya satellite channel. Relations among the Arab countries, he said, should include promotion of investment and economic cooperation. Abadi said Saudi Arabia promised to contribute effectively in an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, due in Kuwait on Feb 12-14.
Cooperation between Iraq and Saudi arabia in oil domain contributed to stability of oil prices, he said. Abadi, meanwhile, said Iraq wold be holding general elections according to schedule. He said the Iraqis were stronger and united more than before following the defeat of IS. On corruption, the prime minister said the government was determined to pursue the corrupt to face trial