[size=36]The Minister of Foreign Affairs is discussing with the representative of the World Bank funded projects in Iraq[/size]
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The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Al-Sahaf, said in a statement, which Mawazine News received a copy of, that "Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Fuad Hussein met with the representative of the World Bank in Iraq, Richard Abdel Nour, in the presence of Ahmed Al-Saffar, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of the Economic Department, Imad Mirza, Advisor, Director of the Minister's Office, Saber. Ahmed First Secretary / Head of the Organizations Department in the Economic Department.
He added, "The two parties discussed projects funded by the World Bank in Iraq, their completion rates, and the obstacles that stand in the way of their implementation."
And he continued, "After the minister's question about the World Bank projects implemented in Iraq, Richard replied, that there are several projects implemented by the World Bank in Iraq, and their implementation will be in coordination with the Ministries of Planning and Finance. The projects are focused on infrastructure, especially in areas that have been subjected to war operations against terrorism, as The World Bank allocated a community development project with an amount of $300 million to implement projects in all governorates, which will reflect positively on local communities.
He continued: "An amount of $750 million was also allocated for the rehabilitation of bridges and vital projects, of which about $400 million was spent. In addition, the World Bank allocated an amount of $210 million for the rehabilitation of the Baghdad Water Project."
And he went on to say: "At the end of the meeting, Richard praised the minister for the good reception, expressing the World Bank's aspiration to increase the bonds of cooperation in the future in the service of the public interest. For his part, the minister stressed the need to strengthen the bonds between Iraq and the World Bank to implement vital projects in the service of the public interest and work on Overcoming the difficulties facing the implementation of these projects.