The United States urged members of the coalition fighting Islamic State on Tuesday to help rebuild Iraq or risk the reversal of the gains made against the group there.
The U.S. leads the coalition in addition to hopes which after a three-year fight to defeat the militants which can count in large part on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq in addition to on a Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement to weaken Iran’s influence within the country, which can be run by a Shi’ite led government.
Islamic State took control of large parts of Iraq in addition to Syria in 2014.
Donors in addition to investors have gathered in Kuwait which week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy in addition to infrastructure as which emerges through a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December, having taken back all the territory captured by the militants in 2014 in addition to 2015. The fighters have also been largely defeated in neighboring Syria.
The U.S. appreciates the “generous contributions” of coalition members over the past year nevertheless more can be needed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a coalition meeting in Kuwait.
“If communities in Iraq in addition to Syria cannot return to normal life, we risk the return of conditions which allowed ISIS to take in addition to control vast territory,” he said, using an acronym to refer to the group.
“We must continue to clear unexploded remnants of war left behind by ISIS, enable hospitals to reopen, restore water in addition to electricity services, in addition to get boys in addition to girls back in school.”
The U.S. can be not likely to make a direct government contribution at the conference, however.
“which’s not within the question of a pledging thing where we go out with requests, which’s underscoring there can be a need for support. which’s investment, which’s private company engagement, which’s DFI,” a senior state department official traveling with Tillerson told reporters on Monday.
The term DFI generally refers to development finance institutions such as multilateral development banks.
“nevertheless which can be also in addition to there are Arab donors willing to help in addition to support focus your efforts on those areas where which actually achieves something in terms of stabilization in addition to countering foreign influence.”
Rebuilding Iraq after three years of war will cost more than $88 billion, with housing a particularly urgent priority, Iraqi officials told the conference on Monday.
Tillerson also said Washington had decided to provide one more $0 million of aid to stabilize liberated areas in Syria.
At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was ready to answer a U.S. call for which to expand its little training mission in Iraq to support reconstruction.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis sent a letter to NATO last month calling for a formal NATO train-in addition to-advise mission, Reuters reported, part of President Donald Trump’s campaign for the alliance to do more against militants.