Those attending the meeting included Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, special representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
As part of his address, Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, congratulated the Iraqi Government and Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) on the well-managed elections held last month. He also spoke highly of the UNAMI and international organisations for backing Iraq and the IHEC in the polls.
He went on to reiterate his support for both UNAMI and UN staff operating in the Middle Eastern country.
Ambassador Quy also expressed his concern over terrorist attacks which have hit Iraq over the last few months, particularly a failed assassination attempt against the Iraqi Prime Minister, adding that Vietnam strongly condemns all forms of terrorism.
The Vietnamese diplomat therefore called on all stakeholders to address matters of concern through existing legal processes and facilitate the promotion of national unity, along with a constructive and peaceful dialogue.
He applauded diplomatic efforts made by the Iraqi Government and how it has demonstrated a strong role in regional peace and security issues, particularly the organisation of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership held in August.
He further welcomed co-operation between the Governments of Iraq and Kuwait in searching for Kuwaiti and citizens of third countries who have gone missing in Iraq with help provided by the UNAMI and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).