TigerSwan to Attend Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq

Tillerson to address Iraq Reconstruction Conference but promise no US money

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

Egyptian Presidential Assistant For National and Strategic Projects Ibrahim Mahlab said Egypt's participation in the International Conference on the Reconstruction of Iraq reflects its pioneering role at the Arab, regional and international levels.

"The Kuwait Conference for Iraq this week is an opportunity for world leaders to show that we are willing to invest in children - and through investing in children, that we are willing to invest in rebuilding a stable Iraq".

About $22 billion United States will be required in the short term and another $66 billion USA in the medium term, the director general of the country's planning ministry, Qusay Adulfattah, told the conference, without indicating any time frame.

About 2.5 million Iraqis remain displaced by the unrelenting conflict, which saw Islamic militants accused of beheadings, crucifixions, slavery and rape.

The housing sector has the most urgent need for funds, he added.

However, the secretary-general of Iraq's Council of Ministers Mahdi al-Alaq said nations could it help by acting as guarantors with worldwide lenders.

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TigerSwan has been a licensed provider of safety and risk management services in Iraq for over 10 years and many of its employees served in Iraq as service members.

A US -led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and was followed by years of insurgency, sectarian bloodletting between Sunnis and Shias, as well as ethnic tensions between the Arabs and Kurds, all before ISIS emerged in 2014.

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Iraq yesterday to discuss the country's reconstruction with Iraqi officials.

Awat told KUNA that the Foundation will take part in the "Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to Support the Humanitarian Situation in Iraq" on February 12, 2018.

The US, the largest backer in the global coalition against Isis, has no plans to pledge any cash in this conference, American officials told Reuters.

"But what we have accomplished is less than one percent of what Iraq needs", Hiti said. "We hope French expertise will be used for the reconstruction", Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari replied.

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