Because of corruption and the government's failure to provide a roadmap for reconstruction
Baghdad - the new morning:
A government official revealed that six countries that participated in the Kuwait conference told Iraq not to abide by their commitments, pointing out that those countries attributed the reason to the widespread corruption and the lack of a clear road map to spend money on reconstruction projects.
The official said in a press statement that «Iraq needs, according to government reports, between 80 and 90 billion dollars, for the reconstruction of 180 cities and the judiciary, town and district distributed over the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh, Diyala, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, the belt of Baghdad and northern Babylon, cities swept by ISIS Northern and western Iraq in mid-2014 and was liberated in 2017, noting that «these areas account for 49% of the total area of the country».
In February 2018, Kuwait sponsored an international conference for the reconstruction and development of Iraq, with the participation of more than 40 countries and hundreds of foreign companies in various sectors, while the Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, at the time, said that International pledges at the conference amounted to $ 30 billion.
The official added that «these pledges did not find their way to activate», pointing out that «6 Arab and foreign countries informed Iraq that corruption in Iraq and the failure of the government to provide a clear road map for how to spend money on reconstruction projects, which prompted them to hesitate to fulfill their pledges».
He stressed that «reconstruction efforts are currently based on contributions from the United Nations and local and other efforts of the federal government, and focuses on the cleaning and removal of debris and the restoration of roads, but there are more than 200 thousand destroyed housing units and dozens of hospitals and health centers and hundreds of schools out of service, and about 10,000 "Kilometers of roads and bridges need to be rebuilt."
Kuwait has asked the countries that participated in the conference on the reconstruction of Iraq, which was hosted in the month of February last year, to fulfill its obligations.
Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi, during the Security Council session on Iraq, according to the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), encouraged «all countries that participated in the conference to fulfill the commitments they made», expressing hope for «cooperation and coordination with the government Iraqi to establish a mechanism to follow up the implementation of those commitments to contribute to achieve the aspirations of Iraqis ».
Al-Otaibi added that «our bilateral relationship with the Republic of Iraq is witnessing continuous and positive developments and to turn the page of that painful past and open a new page of fruitful cooperation and translate this approach to resolve the remaining issues there are persistent steps taken by the leadership of both countries embodied the concepts of brotherhood and neighborliness».
He added that «bilateral visits are at the highest level, most notably the visit of the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah last June and the bilateral bilateral committees an important indicator to strengthen that cooperation».
He continued: «We look forward to strengthening support by exploiting the promising opportunities in the so-called relations and rise to the level of ambition and achieve the two countries and their peoples progress and prosperity», praising «the commitment and commitment shown by Iraq in fulfilling all the remaining international obligations stipulated in the relevant Security Council resolutions towards State of Kuwait as required ».
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