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The United Kingdom will provide more than 30 million pounds to Iraq to rebuild hospitals, schools and power plants damaged by the fight against the terrorist organization "Dahesh", the British Foreign Office Minister for Middle East Affairs Alistair Burt said Monday. Destroyed by the war to get rid of economic dependence on Iran, and promote self-sufficiency in energy.
According to the British newspaper "Independent", Bert announced the aid package during a visit to Iraq, where the United Kingdom became the first donor to a newly formed international fund for the reconstruction of cities affected by the military operations against the organization "Daash" terrorist.
The United Kingdom plans to allocate 16 million pounds to help rebuild the neighborhoods of Iraq destroyed during the fighting against the global terrorist group, as well as 6.9 million pounds for the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure such as factories and 10 million pounds for humanitarian aid in the country.
Burt said he hoped the funds would allow the 1.8 million people displaced from Iraq to return home and "continue their lives" in their homeland. "It is part of the UK's commitment to address the persecution of Christians around the world."
"There's a lot to celebrate about progress in Iraq since the regional defeat of Saddam Hussein in 2017, but there's much more to be done to help Iraq," said Bert, who has held talks with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. To develop a stable and stable future for all Iraqis, its people deserve. "
"We are proud that we will be the first donor to Iraq to support and provide reconstruction assistance, provide vital support to its people, rebuild their lives, their businesses and the country's economic independence," said Bert.
The DFID said the funds would also be used to "launch economic grants in Iraq, make them more business friendly, increase employment opportunities and enhance future production and trade capacity with the UK and other countries."
Since 2014, British aid in Iraq to 4.1 million people has provided health care, clean water and sanitation to 2 million people, provided more than 800,000 people with shelter and safe housing and provided nearly half a million people with food.
The move comes only two days after Burt urged the Iraqi authorities to distance themselves from economic dependence on Iran and self-sufficiency of energy.
Iranian officials have visited Baghdad earlier this month to discuss joint cooperation and expand trade and energy ties with Iraq, including maintaining natural gas flows, accounting for 40 percent of the country's electricity needs.
In November, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said economic ties between the two countries amounted to about $ 12 billion in 2018, but Tehran hoped to double this year.
The United Kingdom and other US allies are concerned that President Donald H. Trump's sudden announcement of a withdrawal of US troops from Syria will only strengthen Iran's role in the region, especially Iraq.
Over the last few years, Tehran's influence has grown in Syria, where its forces are battling the armies of the Syrian regime and in Iraq, where many powerful paramilitary groups are pro-Tehran.
Washington has already pressed Iraq to halt Iranian gas imports and hopes to counter Iranian influence by imposing new sanctions.
"The expectation that Iran will not have influence in Iraq is fictional, but the important thing is for Iraq to find an opportunity to pursue its future in terms of foreign relations and to have a strong economy that does not depend on Iran," Burt told the British embassy in Baghdad. .
"The more that all its oil wealth can get off quickly and can capture all the energy that is not used as often as possible, the better."
Iraq's export capacity is around 5 million bpd but is pumping less than its capacity in line with OPEC's agreement to stabilize prices.Keywords: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]