By Muammar Eusouffi Zainol Abidin
The Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) begins at a hotel Monday with the participation of over 70 international delegates.
KICRI, chaired by Kuwait, Iraq, the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank, aims to raise funds from various parties and mobilise international support to rebuild the infrastructure in Iraq after the destruction by Daesh militants.
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, is the patron of KICRI.
The three-day conference is the first after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraq was completely liberated of Daesh control on Dec 10, 2017.
Among the programmes held during the conference are the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Conference to Aid Humanitarian, Iraq Open For Business and the Ministerial Conference.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, said hosting KICRI shows the importance of helping Iraq.
“The participation of many countries shows the high commitment of the international community to the security and stability of Iraq and to assist in the reconstruction,” he told reporters after opening the media centre Sunday..
The Ministers Meeting of the International Coalition in the Fight Against Daesh to be held on Feb 13 will formulate efforts and strategies among member states to combat terrorism.
Malaysia will be represented by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman who will share Malaysia’s views during the meeting.
The flags of countries participating in KICRI line along all the roads in Kuwait City.