Iraqi president, South Korean ambassador discuss reconstruction plan

Destroyed building from previous clashes are seen in Mosul, Iraq January 28, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid Al-Mousily

Baghdad ( – Iraqi President Barham Salih has called on South Korean firms to take part in the reconstruction process of Iraq, which still suffers from damage caused by the three-year war against Islamic State.

Salih made the remarks Sunday during a meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Iraq Song Wong-Yeob, IKH News quoted the Iraqi presidency as saying in a statement.

During the meeting, Salih stressed the “importance of relations between Iraq and (South) Korea,” adding that such ties should be beefed up in all domains, particularly in the fields of economy, trade and academic exchange.

The president further praised South Korea’s support for Iraq in its war against terrorism, saying that the Asian country is playing a major role in upgrading Iraq’s infrastructure, which was damaged during the war against Islamic State.

Salih also lured South Korean firms to take part in the reconstruction of Iraq.

The South Korean diplomat, meanwhile, reiterated his country’s support for Iraq and its desire to increase aspects of mutual cooperation in all fields.

He also conveyed greetings of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Salih on the occasion of assuming the post of Iraqi president last month.

According to Iraqi officials, rebuilding Iraq after three years of war with Islamic State will cost more than $88 billion.

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