Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq Jan Kubis

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 16:28

On January 16, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq Jan Kubis.

The focus of the conversation was the prospects for future developments in Iraq in the context of the completed operation to eliminate the terrorist ISIS presence, the situation around Iraqi Kurdistan, and the tasks related to the country’s post-conflict development.

Russia’s invariable support for the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq was reaffirmed, with emphasis on the need to settle all domestic Iraqi problems through an inclusive national dialogue that takes into account the interests of all ethnic and religious groups, and achieve intra-Iraqi accord in light of the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in May.

Emphasis was also placed on the importance of the international community stepping up efforts to help the Iraqi government normalise life on the territories liberated from ISIS, rebuild the destroyed economy and infrastructure, and facilitate the return of refugees and internally displaced persons.

On the same day, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held in-depth consultations with Mr Kubis at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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