Iraq Nominates ex-Minister as FAO Director-General

Iraq has officially nominated its former Minister for Water Resources, Abdul-Latif Jamal Rashid (pictured), for the post of the Director-General of the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Saudi-based al-Sharq al-Awsat (Middle-East) Newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted Rashid as saying that his nomination for the post had been addressed in an official letter by the Iraqi Council of Ministers to the UN Food & Agriculture Organization.

“Iraq’s role in FAO reflects a responsible position towards fighting poverty, desertification, as well as striving to improve the living standards of the people, through the development of water projects, along with other projects for the improvement of production,” Rashid said.

He said that “such a position would further boost Iraq’s international goodwill, in the event of the success of FAO’s director-general to achieve his missions,” adding that he had gained broad expertise during his work with the Organization.

Rashid added that “Iraq has gained a major support by the Arab League, being a strong platform in this respect.”

(Source: al-Sharq al-Awsat, Aswat al-Iraq)

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