Kuwait lauds UN support to Iraq

NEW YORK, Kuwait on Wednesday hailed the UN support to Iraq to overcome daunting security, economic and humanitarian challenges.

“I commend the efforts of the United Nations to provide advice and assistance to the Government and the people of Iraq in pursuant to the UN Security Council resolution No. 2367 (2017) through the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and its chief Jan Kubis,” Kuwait’s Delegate to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said at a special UN Security Council meeting on developments in Iraq.

Al-Otaibi stressed the importance of continuing international support for Iraq in the coming time to address the security, political, economic and humanitarian challenges it faces especially in restoring security, stability and reconstructing the cities liberated from the so-called Islamic State group.

He shed lights on Kuwait’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of Iraqi people including the hosting of the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq in mid-February which succeeded in rallying world support and attracting international donors to the rebuilding of the areas devastated by the war to pave the way for the return of displaced people to their homes.

“All these augur well about the future of Iraq and its security and stability which is an integral part of the security and stability of the State of Kuwait and the whole region,” he said.

On issues relating to missing Kuwaitis and third-party nationals and properties, including national records, he expressed disappointment over the lack of progress on those matters, despite efforts made in terms of excavations and further information on possible burial sites.

There had been a lack of information on Kuwait’s national records, he regretted.

He advocated a new approach that involved the technical subcommittee headed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as current efforts had been insufficient to end the 27?year?old suffering of families.

He looked forward to further cooperation with Iraq as the countries sought to settle problems and build relationships based on good neighborliness and noninterference in State affairs.

He congratulated Iraq on the holding of parliamentary elections, which had taken place in a transparent environment, reflecting solidarity with the Constitution and the highest international standards.

This year was an historic one for the rule of law and reconstruction in Iraq, and the new phase would require international support so the Government could confront political, security and humanitarian challenges, he said.

He expressed hope that a consensus-based Government would soon be formed to meet its people’s aspirations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency