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At a time when the debate is still raging in Iraq regarding the "Development Road" project launched by Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a Al-Sudani a few days ago in terms of its relationship to China's "Belt and Road" initiative, China has resolved this controversy in line with the project's continuation and success.
The Iraqis were divided, as usual, into two teams: one team supports the project, which is the first integrated development project after 2003 after a series of failures to implement major projects, and another team believes that this project will not achieve the economic feasibility required of it in comparison to the large material cost that will be spent on it. (about $17 billion).
The internal Iraqi debate was divided between two teams, one of experts, supporters and opponents, each of whom has his vision, which he tries to present with information and numbers in support of his idea with or against, and another team whose space was social media (social media).
Iraqi officials defending the project for which the Iraqi government held a conference attended by ten ministers of transport in Iraq’s neighboring countries, including those of the Gulf Cooperation Council, are continuing to draw up the necessary plans to launch its first phase, which is hoped to start early next year, while the attackers of the project, do not. Particularly those who seemed to represent something like a "Chinese lobby" in Iraq have recently clashed with the position expressed by Beijing through its ambassador to Iraq Cui Wei, who stressed, upon his meeting with Sudani, the importance of the "development path" project for Iraq and the region.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Media Office, "Al-Sudani affirmed Iraq's openness to all partnerships with friendly countries, and its keenness to establish sustainable development that supports security and stability efforts."
He pointed out that "Iraq's promising strategic project, represented by the development road, enjoys the interest of the state with all its authorities," stressing: "Currently working in parallel on the projects of the development road, Al-Faw port and the industrial city, as well as the establishment of a new residential city next to the port."
He pointed out that "Iraq has received offers from several countries in the region for financing and implementation."
“The path of development is very important for Iraq, and it will be the path of peace and prosperity in the region, and it will become a complement to the Belt and Road project.”
Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Cui Wei
For his part, Cui Wei conveyed the greetings of the Chinese leadership to Al-Sudani, and its keenness to sustain the best relations with Iraq in various fields of cooperation and partnership.
And he believed that the “Development Road” project is very important to Iraq, and it will be the path to peace and prosperity in the region, and it will become a complement to the Belt and Road project.
The Iraqi Minister of Transport, Razzaq Muhibis Al-Saadawi, had also met with the Chinese ambassador, who expressed his country's readiness to contribute to this project that links Iraq with Europe, which is scheduled to end after 6 years at a cost of $17 billion.
Minister Al-Saadawi said, according to a statement from his office, that the Iraqi government "is seeking to develop cooperation and joint coordination between Baghdad and Beijing, and is also working to increase trade exchange between the two countries."
Al-Saadawi added, "Our government welcomes China's participation in the development road project, within the framework of implementation and investment," stressing that "the project serves Iraq and the rest of the region, including China, and guarantees a reduction in time, effort, and cost."
He explained that «the Iraqi government aspires for China to have an active contribution to the work and activities of the development path project, based on the great confidence in the expertise of major Chinese companies, especially in the fields of transport, investment and infrastructure». Al-Saadawi indicated, "We are planning to hold a second conference on the path of development, and we will invite China to participate in it."
In turn, the Chinese ambassador affirmed that "good relations link between Baghdad and Beijing, and that China aspires for more cooperation and coordination between the two countries at all levels."
He also expressed his wishes for Iraq's success in completing the two projects of the Great Port of Faw and the Development Road Project, expressing "a clear interest in knowing many of the details and elements of the Development Road Project."
And while China is supposed to have put an end to the controversy that has been going on for two weeks regarding the feasibility or futility of the development road project, according to observers and observers, part of the goal of the anti-project campaign is not necessarily related to the Chinese Silk Road, on the grounds that the Iraqi development road will be limited to transporting goods only. Which means that neighboring countries benefit more from it than Iraq.
"Hamza Mustafa_Middle East"
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