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India reassures aid for Iraq rebuilding process

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Wednesday assured its commitment to help war-torn in its rebuilding process while complimenting the nation for its victory over the Islamic State (IS) terror outfit.

"responded to the need for humanitarian assistance even while the war was at its peak in Iraq: among other things, in August 2016, we proposed to reconstruct the hospital in Karbala," M. J.

Akbar said while speaking at the International Conference for Reconstruction of in

"responded to the urgent needs of for relief and economic reconstruction both directly and as part of international efforts under UN auspices," Akbar said, adding that on the UN Secretary General's urgent appeal, contributed $20 million for assistance to the Iraqi people.

He said that under this pledge, provided through World Food Programme, and along with it, provided assistance to Iraqi school children and Iraqi refugees in It also trained officers in diplomacy, and other Iraqi officials in

"In addition, contributed $10 million towards the for for investments, reconstruction and development in "

Akbar said that the conference offered an opportunity for the world to congratulate the people and government of for their historic victory over a "vicious contemporary menace" of IS, and its allies, "who used a volatile fusion of false ideology and barbaric to become a regional epicentre of upheaval and violence against innocent civilians and legitimate government".

"We must win both the battle and the argument," he said, adding the answer to lies in security, prosperity and reaffirmation of sovereignty and "the three sustain each other; any indifference or complacency towards any side of this triangle will make the rehabilitation process infructuous".

On behalf of India, Akbar also also complimented all those nations which, directly or indirectly, came together to defeat the regressive and extremist forces that spread their tentacles far beyond

Terming terrorism, fundamentalism and extremism the scourge of the 21st century, he said: "We must be united in our defence of pluralism and civilisation without ifs and buts. There is no 'good terrorism' or 'bad terrorism': all terror is an unmitigated evil. has always supported a free, democratic, pluralistic, federal and unified "

Akbar also appealed to the international community for early adoption of the India-initiated Comprehensive Convention on International (CCIT) in the UN.

He said continued to assist in capacity building through training of Iraqi officials under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme and to broadbase services, also established a Consulate office in Erbil.

Welcoming Baghdad's announcement that it was now open for investment, he said would play its part with project-specific proposals.

"We support the important role assigned to private sector investors in rebuilding of the terrorist-affected areas in Iraq," Akbar said, adding was willing to play a substantive role in major projects in petrochemicals, health, education, infrastructure and other sectors.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 22:16 IST