Ban Ki-moon Holds Talks in Baghdad

Prime Minister Nori al Maliki on January 13, 2014 chaired the official talks between the Iraqi government and the United Nations represented by its Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, with the presence of Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Human Rights and the Acting Ministers of Defense.

The Prime Minister praised the role that the United Nations plays through its mission in Iraq (UNAMI), and the evolution of the relationship between Iraq and the international organization , especially after getting rid of the international resolutions' legacy that were imposed on Iraq under Chapter VII and the normalization of relations with Kuwait .

The Prime Minister thanked the Secretary- General for his efforts with the friendly countries in the Security Council to issue a presidential statement supporting the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism , and urging Iraq to take a firm stand against terrorism .

The two sides discussed developments in the regional situation and praised efforts of Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and the joint envoy to hold Geneva 2 peace conference, through a political solution to end the humanitarian suffering experienced by the Syrian people and the security risks of this crisis on the neighboring countries.

At the end of the meeting, the two sides held a press conference in which the briefed results of the talks.

Worth mentioning that Mr. Ban Ki-Moon held several meetings with his Excellency the Vice-President , Dr. Khodaier al Khozaie and the Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al Nojaifi , who praised the role of the Secretary- General supporting the political process in Iraq .

The Minister of Foreign Affairs held a dinner banquet in honor of His Excellency the Secretary General and the accompanying delegation, through which they discussed Iraq's relations with the international organization and efforts of the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

(Source: MoFA)

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