0600 GMT March 17, 2018
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah underlined the great importance of Iran’s role in the fight against the Daesh terrorist group and contribution to the development of Iraq’s economy and stability.
Praising Tehran’s role, the Kuwaiti emir expressed hope that all problems and differences among regional countries would be settled through dialogue, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had traveled to the neighboring country to participate in Iraq’s reconstruction conference aimed at raising funds for reconstructing the Arab country.
The Iranian top diplomat expressed appreciation for Kuwait’s mediation efforts to resolve current crises in the region, and expressed hope that the efforts would culminate in favorable results.
The two sides underlined the need for the promotion of ties and direct consultations between the high-ranking officials of the two countries.
The three-day Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq opened in Kuwait City on Monday with focus on the reconstruction of Iraq and vital issues concerned following more than three years of war on Daesh that has left many parts of the Arab country in ruins.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in December declared victory in the war against Daesh, which controlled as much as a third of Iraq’s territory three years ago.
According to reports, billions of dollars were pledged on Wednesday at the donors’ conference. Iraq, however, has said it needs far more donations. Baghdad has said it is seeking more than $88 billion to rebuild the country.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that the Islamic Republic would continue to play a “supportive and constructive” role in Iraq’s reconstruction and economic development.
He said the Islamic Republic did not hesitate to support the Iraqi nation and government, and it would continue to support them in the fight against terrorism.