By John Lee.
A former Iraqi official said China would have the opportunity to play a big role in Iraq’s reconstruction when the country is more stable.
Samir Sumaida’ie (Samir Sumaidaie) (pictured), who was Iraqi ambassador to the US from 2006 to 2012, told Xinhua:
“Although Iraq is still a fragmented country, sooner or later, it will need to rebuild infrastructure, including roads, hospitals, schools, ports, railway lines, and so on …
“China will have the opportunity to play a big role when Iraq is able to welcome foreign contributions …
“Countries like Iraq should open their arms to every foreign power that is interested in helping it stabilize and rebuild itself.”
He added that he believed China’s proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road would benefit all participating parties.