Maliki urges US companies help rebuild Iraq

December 13, 2011 20:39

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday called on US companies to help rebuild his war-battered country, which is facing faced a new challenge as US troops withdraw by the end of the year.

"As much as we committed to defeat terrorism, we are now committed to grow the private sector," Maliki said in a speech at the US Chamber of Commerce.

"It is now not the generals, but corporations and business leaders who will be at the front of this stage."

He told the packed crowd of US business officials Iraq has the opportunity to work with companies from all over the world to rebuild itself after three decades of war.

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