Iraqi PM forms supreme committee to resurrect Mosul
The New Arab’s Arabic-language service, Al-Araby al-Jadeed, recently reported that Iraqi authorities revived plans to rebuild Mosul and surrounding majority-Christian areas after the Pope’s visit to the northern city earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Najm al-Jubouri, the Governor of Nineveh, of which Mosul is the capital, said that the Pontiff had agreed to help rebuild Mosul's Old City, according to the Iraqi News Agency.
Al-Jubouri added that the Pope’s visit to Mosul had prompted "internal and external sympathy" for the Iraqi city and that numerous countries had since indicated their willingness to assist with the reconstruction.
On the domestic front, he revealed that the ministry of water resources had committed to help deal with war-related pollution.
This new action from Baghdad, announced on Tuesday, comes over three years after it declared Nineveh Governate a "disaster zone".
An official source told the Iraqi News Agency that the order to form the committee came directly from Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi who will personally oversee the body.
He will be joined by other senior officials, including the finance and planning ministers, Governor Al-Jubouri and the Chairman of the National Investment Commission.
While the committee's scope and budget were not announced, government sources told Al-Araby al-Jadeed that it will begin by setting priorities.
These will include roads, houses, hospitals and schools.
In another apparent win for the Pope, the membership of Father Raed Adel suggests Christian properties and destroyed places of worship are likely to be high on the list.
Previous attempts at rebuilding Mosul were minor efforts and mostly confined to UN, Gulf and international aid.