NGOs conference pledges 335 mln Dollars programs to support Iraq

NGOs conference pledges 335 mln Dollars programs to support Iraq

NGOs conference pledges 335 mln Dollars programs to support Iraq

The International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq kicked off in Kuwait City on Monday and will close on Wednesday.

Kuwait, which was hosting the worldwide donors' conference, pledged $2 billion in investment and loans.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres urged the worldwide community on Wednesday to support Iraq's reconstruction after its devastating war with the Islamic State group.

The United States leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count largely on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq.

The minister said his country needed 88.2 billion dollars to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by conflicts and the latest war against Daesh (IS).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced Ankara's pledge of $5 billion and, without providing further details, said that the money would go to "projects and investments".

"The worldwide community still faces a direct threat by armed groups, which requires opening up new prospects in the global coalition", he told participants in the one-day meeting. Only half of them have returned to their home towns.

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday called for an end to the more than seven-month dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar, warning it is harming regional security.

The US did not promise any aid at the conference.

"It's investment, it's private company engagement, it's DFI", a senior state department official travelling with Tillerson told reporters on Monday.

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

Canada has committed $2 billion over three years for security, stabilization and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon.

At the same time, Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to answer a U.S. call for it to expand its small training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction.

He said tens of billions more were lost indirectly through damage to the wider economy and years of lost growth.

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