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Vietnam condemns terrorist attacks in Iraq: ambassador

Vietnam condemns all terrorist attacks and extreme violence in Iraq, Vietnam's representative said at an online meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on February 16.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, lauded efforts by the Iraqi government as well as progress made over the past time, but expressed his concern over the security situation in the country.

Regarding the upcoming election in Iraq, Quy said it should be free and fair, with the widespread participation of people, including youths and women, ensured.

The ambassador also called on the international community to continue realising commitments to supporting Iraq, while fully respecting its political independence, and territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Vietnam welcomed the enhanced cooperation between Iraq and Kuwait in searching for Kuwaiti and third-country nationals who went missing in Iraq, and returning Kuwaiti property in line with the UNSC’s Resolution 2107, he stressed.

Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefed the meeting on the situation in Iraq, saying apart from economic challenges caused by falling oil prices and COVID-19, the security environment in Iraq remains complex, with continued terrorist attacks on innocent people.

The Iraqi government has made efforts in the COVID-19 combat and economic recovery, she said, adding that the country has rescheduled its election on October 10, 2021.

She also provided an update on the operation of the UNAMI to help the Iraqi government and people stabilise the situation and handle the current difficulties.

Vietnam and other UNSC members noted their concern over the impact of COVID-19 in Iraq and other difficulties facing the country, and called for international support for efforts of the UNAMI as well as UN organisations./.VNA

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