Foreign ministers from more than 50 countries are attending the meeting, along with Ban Ki-moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations.
Munzir Baig, Muscat, Oman
Send us your viewsNouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, called for countries to support the International Compact with Iraq, a five-year plan to stabilise Iraq.
"We consider this conference in Sharm el-Sheikh to be an international show of support for Iraq, and the main aim of the International Compact is to rebuild a unified, democratic and federal Iraq and to distribute its wealth fairly," he said in his opening remarks to the conference.
Hours after the conference began al-Maliki had already received promises of extra financial aid from several countries.
Egypt said that it would forgive $800 in Iraqi debt while Margaret Beckett, the British foreign minister, said that the UK would donate an extra $200m towards Iraq's reconstruction programme.
The issue of Iraq's security has been partially overshadowed by the possibility US and Iranian envoys having informal talks on the sidelines of the main conference.
On Thursday Rice and Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, exchanged pleasantries over lunch - an informal meeting that is one of the highest level contact between the two countries for several years.
However a US spokesman said that the two had not discussed any weighty issues.
"They said hello. It was not about substance," US state department spokesman Sean McCormack said afterwards.