China Makes Huge Contributions to Iraq's Post-War Reconstruction
China has been playing an active role in Iraq's post-war reconstruction and has made a "huge" contribution in helping rebuild the country, according to Ahmed Tahseen Berwari, the Iraqi ambassador to China.
Berwari made the remarks in a recent interview with China Central Television in Beijing. He said the two countries have enjoyed a good friendship since they first established a diplomatic relationship in 1958.
"Iraq and China have long-standing historical relations going back, from the Iraqi side, from the late 1950s. And since then the relation was always friendly despite the difficulties which Iraq went through in the last 30 or 40 years," he said.
The ambassador said China has been actively helping Iraq to rebuild its country after the Iraq war started in 2003.
"China, the Chinese government and Chinese people stood behind Iraq and showed understanding to the situation in Iraq. After 2003, China was not a part of the military operation and was also not a part of the change which is happening in my country but immediately started, after 2003, to support Iraq and we have now strategic relations with China," he said.
Berwari added that China has offered valuable support in helping Iraq to rebuild its infrastructure and has provided assistance in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.
"And the contribution of China in helping Iraq to develop its economy to rebuild its infrastructure is huge. At the same time, the contribution of China in supporting Iraq in its fight against ISIS, it is for us clear because China donated many times financial support to help the Iraqi government to rebuild the liberated areas from ISIS," said the ambassador.