Group photo following the news conference at Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA)
Kuwait first supporter of Iraq drive for change - Al-Hakim
KUWAIT-- -- Chairman of the Reform and Reconstruction Coalition of Iraq Ammar Al-Hakim affirmed Kuwait was the first Arab country to stand by his country in its quest for liberation and change.
"Kuwait, thanks to its balanced and resilient foreign policy, and firm relations with all countries, was able to ease the tensions and restore stability across in the Arab region," he said during a meeting with the press at Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA) on Sunday.
Al-Hakim, also leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and the National Wisdom Movement, expressed hope that the Kuwaiti public and private investors would tap into "the highly promising investment opportunities" in his country.
"The State of Kuwait, under the wise leadership of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is able to build strong relationship with Iraq in all areas and overcome any hurdles," he pointed out.
He stressed that both countries share the desire to strengthen their relations, noting that he sensed during his current visit to Kuwait that "there will be an important development in the bilateral relations." Al-Hakim, who leads a delegation on an annual visit to Kuwait on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, held talks with senior officials on a range of political, economic and social issues of common concern.
He noted that Iraq is recovering from years of instability after winning the battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.
He paid tribute to the Iraqi military and security personnel who offered great sacrifices in the struggle to liberate Iraq from the IS terrorists, reaffirming that Iraq is emerging stronger from the war against the IS group.
"The improvement of the security situation in Iraq encourages growing number of investors to resume doing business in the country," he said, noting that the Iraqi government does its utmost to facilitate the foreign direct investment.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdulmahdi has recently visited Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France and Germany where he signed dozens of deals with leaders of these countries on cooperation in the political, economic and development areas, Al-Hakim went on.
The Iraqi government has awarded a German company a USD 14-billion contract to build a power generating station with a capacity of 11,000 megawatts over the coming five years.
A US oil company was also awarded a contract worth USD 53 billion to exploit the oil resources in Iraq, he noted, adding that investors from the US, Russia and the Arab and European countries are vying for the promising investment opportunities in his country.
On the escalating tension between the US and Iran, Al-Hakim said Iraq enjoys strategic relations with both countries which could help deescalate the tension.
Al-Hakim's Reform and Reconstruction Coalition is the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament; it includes his National Wisdom Movement, the Sadrist Movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr's Saairun Alliance, Haider Al-Abadi's Victory Alliance, Iyad Allawi's Al-Wataniya Coalition, and Osama Al-Nujaifi's Al-Qarrar Alliance.