UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The UN Security Council on Wednesday discussed the progress in stabilizing the situation in Iraq, where one of the organization’s peacekeeping missions operates. During the meeting, Security Council members welcomed the appointment of key figures in the new government.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, announced “the almost complete completion of the formation of the Iraqi government, with the exception of the Minister of Education.” She noted that three women had joined the Iraqi Kurdistan government and called for women to be appointed to senior posts at the federal level.
“The good news is that the formation of the government creates favorable conditions for negotiations between Baghdad and Erbil (the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan – ed.), which is also confirmed by the creation of a high-level committee on negotiations,” added Hennis-Plasschaert.
Representatives of France, Belgium, Peru, and the United Kingdom joined the call to include more women in the government.
“We welcome steps to form a government, and we hope that this process will be completed in the near future,” Dmitry Polyansky, acting Russian ambassador to the UN, stated in his speech. “We are convinced that this will help to overcome all domestic political differences.”
For his part, the representative of Kuwait’s neighboring Iraq, Mansur al-Oteibi, said that “the negative page in the relations between the two countries has been left in the past and now they are developing steadily in a positive direction.”
“We are closely following the processes in Iraq, where we see significant progress in terms of improving the security situation. Now is a very important period for Iraq, and we support the new composition of the government in implementing reforms,” he added.
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