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    Iraq relies on India to help rebuild Mosul, recently liberated from Daesh, Iraqi Ambassador to New Delhi, Fakhri Hassan Issa told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Baghdad hopes that other states, especially India, will help Iraq to rebuild Mosul, recently liberated from Daesh, outlawed in Russia, Iraqi Ambassador to New Delhi, Fakhri Hassan Issa told Sputnik.

    "It will take some time to rebuild the whole city, and we are expecting all other cities whether they have participated or not in our efforts for defeating Daesh, we are expecting them to do their part for the reconstruction of the city… for rebuilding, we are expecting all countries. From India actually to do their major part and reconstruction and we need them now to supply or to help Iraqis on a humanitarian level… The Indian government could play a major part in participating with Iraq in rebuilding Iraq, first of humanitarian level and then on reconstruction," Hassan Issa said.

    On July 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi officially announced that Iraqi security forces had finally liberated Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city, after months of fighting against Daesh.

    The ambassador stressed that the liberation of Mosul is a "great victory" for the whole region and all "peace loving" states, including India.

    "It’s a victory for all regional countries, it’s a victory for the whole world… Peaceful Iraq, stability in Iraq is a stability in all other countries. We were defending not only to get our land but to defend the security of all other regions… I am sure the Indian leadership is very happy what we have achieved," Hassan Issa said.

    The Daesh terrorist group took over Mosul in June 2014. The operation aimed at liberating the city from terrorists began in October 2016. The eastern part of the city was rid of terrorists by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces in late January.


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