Japan commits to helping rebuild Iraq



The Japanese government has pledged its continued support to rebuilding war-torn Iraq, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki visited the Asian country this week. “There is no change in our policy to actively help with the reconstruction of Iraq through official development assistance and activities of the Self-Defence Forces,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. To date, Japan has already promised over $1.5 billion in grants and $3.5 billion in yen loans to Iraq, $1.6 billion of which has been set aside for eight projects. Another 102.8 billion yen ($861 million) of the total loan package has been allocated to four projects, while plans are underway to apportion $510 million for the restoration of water and sewage treatment, power supply and other facilities. Since the war broke out in Baghdad in 2003, Tokyo has extended financial aid and debt relief to Iraq and has sent troops for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance.

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Japan pledges support to rebuild Iraq (Reuters)
Iraqi prime minister thanks emperor for Japan’s aid to Iraq (Kyodo)

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