By John Lee.
France has reportedly agreed to lend Iraq 1 billion euros to help in the reconstruction efforts.
According to Reuters, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the agreement to reporters following a meeting on Monday with his Iraqi counterpart Mohammed al-Hakim in Baghdad.
The cost of reconstruction in Iraq is estimated at $88 billion, of which around $30 billion was pledged at a donor conference early last year.
(Sources: Reuters, AP)