Kuwait pledges $2bn to Iraq reconstruction

The sun sets behind destroyed buildings in the west side of Mosul

The EU will work with the State of Kuwait to strengthen support for Iraq in this critical time, stressing that the Union is keen to work with Kuwait in order to promote stability and prosperity in Iraq, Mogherini added.

"We will also provide project support of 50 million dollars to Iraq".

Qatar announced $US1 billion in loans and investments while the United Arab Emirates pledged $US500 million for rebuilding.

Some would be turnkey projects, in which contractors would hand over facilities to Iraq, while others would be build-operate-transfer deals in which private firms would receive concessions to operate facilities.

Kuwait will earmark $1 billion in loans and another $1 billion in direct investments to neighboring Iraq, the country's emir announced Wednesday.

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Mr Abadi also said Baghdad was seeking to restore confidence in an global community suffering from donor fatigue.

At the press conference, Tillerson commented extensively on the months-long political crisis pitting Qatar against a four-nation bloc led by Saudi Arabia.

Arabian Gulf countries and institutions have pledged nearly 10 per cent of the estimated $88 billion needed to rebuild Iraq after the country's gruelling three-year war with ISIL.

Turkey said on Wednesday it would give Iraq $US5 billion in credit lines.

During his participation in the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his appreciation to the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for extending an invitation to him to participate, and for his initiative to host the conference. Tensions reached a peak during the First Gulf War, when then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein invaded and occupied Kuwait in August 1990 following a dispute over the Rumaila oil fields. It shows Kuwait's deep desire to see its northern neighbour have a stable government after the years of unrest following the 2003 US -led invasion that toppled Saddam.

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