Italy earmarked EUR30 million ($38 million) in support of a new aid initiative for Iraq. The announcement came following a meeting between Italian foreign minister Massimo D’Alema and Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Saleh in Rome. The funding will constitute Italy’s contribution to the International Compact for Iraq, which requires the Iraqi government to commit itself to pursuing reforms in exchange for international aid. Italy, according to D’Alema, will continue to assist in Iraq’s economic, political and cultural reconstruction in spite of its decision to pull out its military troops from the war-torn nation.
Source: Italy releases 30 million euros in aid for Iraq (AFP)