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Antonio Guterres in Iraq for the first time in six years


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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres assured the Iraqi people on Wednesday of his “solidarity” and of the support of the United Nations to accompany towards peace a country he is visiting for the first time in six years.

“It is a great pleasure for me to return to Baghdad,” said the United Nations Secretary General upon his arrival in the capital on Tuesday night (March 1).

“This is a visit of solidarity. Solidarity with the people and the democratic institutions of Iraq, and a solidarity which means that the United Nations is fully committed to supporting the consolidation of the country’s institutions,” he added. , according to the transcription of his remarks sent by his services.

He also expressed “his confidence in the fact that Iraqis will be able to overcome the difficulties and challenges they face through an open and inclusive dialogue”, stressing his “admiration” for this population.

The Secretary General, supporting the government’s efforts to bring back Iraqis who have left the country, also hoped for Iraq “a future of peace and prosperity, with consolidated democratic institutions”.

Antonio Guterres is due to meet on Wednesday with Prime Minister Mohamed Chia al-Soudani, as well as with representatives of women’s and youth rights groups, according to a statement from his spokesperson.

On Thursday, he will visit a camp for displaced people in the north of the country, before going to Erbil to meet with representatives of the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan.

His last visit to the country dates back to spring 2017.

He will then go to Qatar, in particular for the summit of the Least Developed Countries.

with AFP

France 24-Trans

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