Iraqi President meets Ambassadors from UN Security Council Permanent Members: Protecting Iraq’s Sovereignty and Supporting Iraqis’ Fight Against Terrorism were on the Agenda

Iraqi President meets Ambassadors from UN Security Council Permanent Members: Protecting Iraq’s Sovereignty and Supporting Iraqis’ Fight Against Terrorism were on the Agenda

Office of the President of Iraq, Mon, Dec 7, 2020

On Monday, December 7, 2020, the President of the Republic of Iraq, Barham Salih, met the Baghdad-based ambassadors of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. These are China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. Also attending the meeting was Iraq’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fuad Hussein.
During the meeting, the participants discussed current events and domestic and regional developments. They spoke about the need to ensure Iraq’s sovereignty and keep the country out of regional conflicts, while at the same time helping to defuse regional tensions. They also discussed the need to support the authority of the Iraqi state in order to enforce the law, to protect Iraq’s citizens and to support Iraq in the fight against terrorism.
During the meeting, participants also spoke about Iraq’s upcoming election, flagging it as particularly important, and how the right conditions must be established to ensure a free, fair and transparent ballot, where the political will of Iraqi citizens can be expressed. The fact that support from the United Nations was needed, to help ensure the transparency and integrity of the vote, was also noted.
President Salih told the ambassadors that Iraq will protect its sovereignty and stability and firmly believes in the need to calm regional tensions. The country does not want to see any domestic impact from regional tensions, President Salih said. Iraq supports any regional or international efforts to establish peace and to limit regional conflicts, he added.
The ambassadors confirmed their own governments’ commitments to supporting Iraq’s sovereignty, its stability and security, its economy and its efforts to fight terrorism. They also confirmed willingness to support bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various areas.

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