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World Turkey pledges $5 bn for Iraq reconstruction: minister

13:36  14 february  2018
13:36  14 february  2018 Source:   afp.com

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(AA). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday pledged $ 5 billion in loans and investment for the reconstruction of Iraq after its devastating three-year war with Daesh.

KUWAIT CITY: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday pledged $ 5 billion in loans and investment for Iraq 's reconstruction after its devastating three-year war with Daesh.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir attend the second day of an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, in Kuwait City, on February 14, 2018 © Provided by AFP Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir attend the second day of an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq, in Kuwait City, on February 14, 2018

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday pledged $5 billion in loans and investment for Iraq's reconstruction after its devastating three-year war with the Islamic State group.

Kuwait, which is hosting an international donors' conference to raise funds for Iraq, pledged $2 billion (1.6 billion euros) in loans and investment.

Saudi Arabia said it would allocate $1 billion for investment projects in Iraq and $500 million to support Iraqi exports.

Qatar said it would allocate $1 billion in loans and investments, while the United Arab Emirates pledged $500 million in investment.

Those sums -- together with $495 million from the European Union and $100 million from Australia -- bring the total pledged so far to over $10 billion on the third and final day of the donors' conference, still in progress.

Baghdad says it needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after a three-year war against IS which devastated homes, schools, hospitals and economic infrastructure, displacing millions of people.

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle .
The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday's meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey's leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years. Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is fuming over U.S. assistance to Kurdish fighters near his country's border. The talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were to focus on Washington's plan to continue providing the Kurdish militants assistance and Turkey's military operations in Kurdish areas of northern Syria.

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