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France FM visits Iraq to discuss reconstruction

AFP  |  Baghdad 

France's Jean-Yves Le Drian visited today to discuss the war-torn country's reconstruction with Iraqi officials after declared victory against the Islamic State jihadist group. "I have come to tell you of France's support and to accompany you. We will always be there.

We were there to participate in the coalition. We will also be there in the reconstruction phase," Le Drian said. has been a key member of the US-led military coalition fighting IS after the jihadist group seized large swathes of and neighbouring in 2014. is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring from Monday to Wednesday after announcing the defeat of IS nationwide at the end of last year. "We hope French expertise will be used for the reconstruction," Iraq's replied. Le Drian, who previously visited in August last year, is also to meet Iraq's Haider al-Abadi, and is still reeling from the rise of IS and the punishing fightback it took to crush the jihadists, with swathes of its territory in ruins and millions of people displaced. Authorities in the resource-rich nation say there has been a heavy toll on oil, and manufacturing infrastructure, as well as such as water and sanitation. needs to raise $100 billion to rebuild, Abadi has said, after the fight against IS and decades of sanctions and war.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 13:35 IST