Minister M J Akbar attends Iraq conference in Kuwait

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

India on Wednesday assured Iraq of its commitment in rebuilding the war-torn country even as it hailed Baghdad’s success in curbing the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. Addressing the International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said the world must congratulate the people and government of Iraq for their “historic victory” over a vicious contemporary menace – ISIS and its allies.

“We must recognise this achievement in the best way possible: through meaningful assistance that fashions a reborn Iraq on the ashes of war. Our focus must be on both Iraq and the Iraqi, and in particular the youth. We must win both the battle and the argument,” he said. “The answer to terrorism lies in security, prosperity and reaffirmation of sovereignty. The three sustain each other; any indifference or complacency towards any side of this triangle will make the rehabilitation process infructuous.

“Terrorism, fundamentalism and extremism are the scourge of the 21st century. 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. India has always supported a free, democratic, pluralistic, federal and unified Iraq,” Akbar said. He said India had responded to the need for humanitarian assistance even while the war was at its peak in Iraq.

Akbar said India is broadbasing its services with the opening of a consulate general office in Erbil city. India has contributed USD 20 million for assistance to the people of Iraq. Activities under this pledge included milk food supplies through the World Food Programme (WFP), training of Iraqi Foreign Service officers in diplomacy, and other Iraqi officials in information technology, he said.

In cooperation with the World Food Programme, India provided assistance to Iraqi school children and Iraqi refugees in Syria, he said, adding, it also contributed USD 10 million towards the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) for investments, reconstruction and development in Iraq. “We welcome Baghdad’s announcement that it is now open for investment. We will play our part with project-specific proposals. We support the important role assigned to private sector investors in rebuilding of the terrorist-affected areas in Iraq,” he said.

“We will also look at any specific requests for rehabilitation projects and essential supplies like medicines, and equipment, as required for internally displaced persons as part of our assistance programme,” he said. He also reminded the international community of the need for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, a draft of which was proposed by India as early as 1996.

Earlier, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah inaugurated the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) at Bayan Palace. His Highness the Amir congratulated the Iraqi people on victory achieved and led to the defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and abolishing it from most its soil.


Express your comment on this article

Submit your comments...
     
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are strictly personal and IndiansinKuwait.com does not hold any responsibility on them. We shall endeavour to upload/publish as many of the comments that are submitted as possible within a reasonable span of time, but we do not guarantee that all comments that are submitted will be uploaded/published. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten other members; have obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libellous, hateful, or otherwise objectionable content; or have spam, commercial or advertising content or links are liable to be removed by the editors. We also reserve the right to edit the comments that do get published. Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly.
Image

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! – Nomaan Sidiq Budroo, Captain of Kuwait U-19 Cricket Team

Kuwait Cricket’s National U 19 team returned home after their best ever performance in the ICC U 19

Image

A Walk in the Garden…

Our garden in Salmiya is an exciting learning-place… Every walk in it, teaches something every time

Image

Take Thoughts Outside Box

"Where are the songs of spring? Ay, where are they?’’ I sighed, when others were busy with Keats, S

Image

‘Be what you are, Do what you can’, a self-confident go getter, N.K. Ramachandran Menon

He believes, ‘No one can influence anyone’. He believes, ‘I can only be me and it is true for ever

Image

How to carry out a winning scientific project?

I have been involved in judging scientific projects in schools and colleges for the past three deca

Image

Extraordinary artist of ribbon work – Mrs Poornima

Hand Embroidery is one of the most beautiful artworks. There are variety of Embroideries which uses

Image

Work hard, but enjoy your job – Ravi Varrier spending 40 years in a company!

Spending long working years with a company may not be a big deal if you are a sincere employee. But

Image

Smart Investing - Diversification is the Mantra: Don’t keep all the eggs in one basket

Investment is an activity which everyone should be involved once they start earning. But where to i

Image

They are disconnecting…

“Why do I need to learn about India? After all, I am going to live here—in Kuwait—all my life… I wa

Image

I Learn Anew Every Day - Kevin Mathew

Kevin Mathew was the youngest (and only Indian) TEDx speaker at TEDxAlShuwaikh, Kuwait, on Septembe

Image

New Menu at Zafran Puts Contemporary Spin on the Traditional

Fans of Zafran can rejoice as the popular Indian bistro launches a new menu this week. The front

Image

A nostalgic and delicious train journey in Kuwait at Kerala Express Restaurant

A train journey during our annual vacation in India is definitely a nostalgic experience for many o

Image

Mughal Mahal Exotica - An aromatic and exotic twist to Indian food

When it comes to Indian food in Kuwait, no doubt ‘Mughal Mahal’ set an example among the residents

Image

Experience Indian Corner Tandoori Nights at Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel at Fahaheel, Kuwait launched an authentic Tandoori Night with an Indian cor

Image

Maharashtra Mandal Kuwait Cricket Premier League and Photography Contest Kicked-Off

Maharashtra Mandal Kuwait is organizing “MMK Cricket Premier League 2018 Season- 3”. The event wi

Image

United Goans Centre Interschool Under-15 Football Tournament 2018

The United Goans Centre (UGC) held its Inter-school under-15 football tournament on 3rd February 2

Image

BOUBYAN bank Crowned Champions in the Cup Finals KFH Grabs the Plate Trophy

On the weekend of 27th January, Kuwait Cricket held the grand finals upon the completion of all the

Image

Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and the men's doubles pair

Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and the men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty a

Image

Prannoy, Saurabh guide Ahmedabad to PBL-3 semis

H.S. Prannoy powered Ahmedabad Smash Masters to a brilliant 4-1 victory over Mumbai Rockets, to adv