KUWAIT, Feb 14 (KUNA) -- Iraq is looking forward to "real and strategic" partnerships, as well as collaborations with countries in the region, said Iraqi Premier Haidar Al-Abadi on Wednesday.
In a speech at the official inauguration of the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI), Al-Abadi said that the Iraqi "vision" relies on the principle of cooperation in order for Iraq to become a "gateway for joint inerests."
Al-Abadi also spoke of a vision of harmony and tolerance, where common challenges are collectively dealt with.
The Iraqi Prime Minister pointed out that Baghdad was looking forward to turning a new page in its history, fresh off its military victory over the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Meanwhile, he stressed that grave challenges still lie ahead, citing ineffective legislation and corruption as impediments to the growth of the economy, saying the Iraqi government was working diligently to improve living conditions for its people.
Al-Abadi went on to say that the Kuwait-hosted conference on reconstruction in Iraq was a "starting point" for national development, thanking His Highness the Amir for making this initiative a reality. (end) nam