Published: 12:25, May 27, 2024
Iraqi PM, UN chief discuss relations after ending assistance mission
By Xinhua
This combo photo shows Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani (left) and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (PHOTOS / AP)

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani held a phone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Sunday on bilateral relations, including the timetable for ending the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

In the phone talks, al-Sudani and Guterres discussed the cooperation between Iraq and the UN in various fields, and also touched on Iraq's request to end UNAMI's mission and the timetable for reducing its personnel levels, the premier office said in a statement.

Al-Sudani received in his office in Baghdad Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on the occasion of the conclusion of her tenure

Al-Sudani expressed Iraq's appreciation for the efforts of the United Nations and UNAMI in the country, praising their programs and contributions to the country during the stages of reconstruction, economic development, and recovery from the impacts of terrorism, according to the statement.

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Meanwhile, al-Sudani received in his office in Baghdad Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert on the occasion of the conclusion of her tenure, al-Sudani's media office said in a separate statement.

During the meeting, al-Sudani confirmed that Iraq's request to end the UNAMI mission came as Iraq is witnessing political and security stability, pointing out that the Iraqi government continues to cooperate with international agencies affiliated with the United Nations, the statement added.

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The Iraqi government said on May 12 that it had requested the termination of the UNAMI operations by the end of 2025.