Countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United States have pledged billions of dollars in loans and investments to help Iraq rebuild after decades of war. But it’s far short of what the country needs.
The three-day meeting in Kuwait City brought 74 nations together to help Iraq financially rebuild after 15 years of war. Among the biggest donors was neighboring Turkey's $5 billion pledge.
Iraq needs close to $90 billion to rebuild after a 3-year war with the "Islamic State" group, a donor conference has heard. Having spent billions on the conflict, Washington is unlikely to pledge any new funds.
The German military's role must meet "the needs of Iraq," Ursula von der Leyen said after meeting with the Iraqi prime minister. As the fight against "Islamic State" winds down, Baghdad is searching for help rebuilding.
Lebanon has billed the donor conference as a show of international backing for a country hosting more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees. For years, Beirut has struggled to draw investment for infrastructure projects.
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