United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jen?a completed a three-day visit to Iraq during which he met Iraqi leaders and other interlocutors in Baghdad, Reliefweb reported.
Jen?a also toured liberated Mosul where he met officials and inspected critical UN demining, stabilization and rehabilitation activities. He praised Iraqis for triumphing over ISIS terrorists and urged them to seize the opportunity of peace and press ahead with efforts toward building a prosperous future for their country.
In Baghdad, Mr. Jen?a met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jubouri, Vice-Presidents Osama al-Nujaifi, Ayad Allawi and Nouri al-Maliki, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, political leader Ammar al-Hakim, Chairman of the Iraqi National Reconciliation Commission, Mohammad Salman, the recently appointed electoral board of commissioners, women civil society, minority leaders as well as diplomatic community.
Mr. Jen?a discussed the scheduled parliamentary elections and encouraged the Iraqi authorities to create a safe and conducive environment to ensure credible elections.
He welcomed that the national elections would take place in accordance with the constitutional timeline, on 12 May 2018.
He confirmed the continued strong commitment of the United Nations to support the Independent High Electoral Commission’s work to enhance the inclusiveness, transparency and acceptability of the elections.