UN chief urges world support for Iraq
Allies pledge billions for reconstruction
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 14 : UN chief Antonio Guterres urged the international community on Wednesday to support Iraq's reconstruction after the devastating war with the Islamic State group.
"The whole world owes you a debt for your struggle against the deadly global threat posed by Daesh (IS)," Guterres told a donors' conference in Kuwait City in comments directed at the Iraqi delegation.
"It is time to demonstrate our lasting gratitude and solidarity with the Iraqi people," he said.
Guterres highlighted two key UN-backed initiatives, for which he was seeking support.
"The UN Development Programme's Funding Facility for Stabilisation is working in 25 cities and districts, supporting the return of displaced people to their homes," the UN chief said, adding that 2.5 million remained displaced.
The donor conference's host Kuwait pledged of $2 billion in investment and loans on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Governments from around the world on Wednesday pledged billions of dollars in loans and investment for the reconstruction of Iraq, a nation reeling from a three-year war against the Islamic State group.
Iraq secured nearly $25 billion in the first few hours of the final day of an international donors' conference in Kuwait City, which was still ongoing.
Baghdad says it needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after a grisly war with IS extremists which devastated homes, schools, hospitals and economic infrastructure, displacing millions of people. —AFP