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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 25, 2003


Qatar: Assistance for Iraqi Reconstruction

The United States commends the Government of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Mozza Al-Misnad for their initiative in establishing an International Fund for Iraqi Higher Education as announced at the June 23 United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meeting in Paris. Overseen jointly by UNESCO and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, this fund will provide immediate and long-term assistance for the reconstruction of Higher Education in Iraq, with an initial focus on enhancing university instruction in Information Technology, Science, Medicine, and Engineering. We also welcome the commitment made by the Qatari government to make an initial grant of $15 million to facilitate the fund's important work. We encourage other governments and institutions interested in assisting the Iraqi people to consider contributing to this Fund.

As Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development and UNESCO Special Envoy for Education, Sheikha Mozza Al-Misnad has been an important voice in helping to chart a brighter future for the people of Iraq through education of its youth. We appreciate her commitment and that of the Qatari government to this important goal.

Released on June 25, 2003

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