India on 14th February 2018 offered to play a crucial role in the development of war-torn Iraq, listing petrochemicals, health, education and infrastructure as areas where Indian companies could pitch in. Union Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, who is leading the Indian delegation, has announced that India will play its part in the reconstruction, and called for an end to global terrorism.
Rebuilding homes, hospitals, schools, roads, businesses and telecommunications is seen as the key to providing jobs for the young, reversing displacement and ending years of political and sectarian violence something Akbar also touched upon in his speech.In addition, India contributed $10 million towards the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) for investments, reconstruction and development in Iraq.
On behalf of India, Akbar also complimented all those nations which, directly or indirectly, came together to defeat the regressive and extremist forces that spread their tentacles far beyond Iraq. We must be united in our defense of pluralism and civilisation without ifs and buts. There is no ‘good terrorism’ or ‘bad terrorism’: all terror is an unmitigated evil. India has always supported a free, democratic, pluralistic, federal and unified Iraq.Akbar also appealed to the international community for early adoption of the India-initiated Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) in the UN.India responded to the urgent needs of Iraq for relief and economic reconstruction both directly and as part of international efforts under UN auspices.