U.N.’s assessments were positive for Sudani’s government, says diplomat

Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert briefs U.N. Security Council, December 3, 2020. (UNAMI)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said on Wednesday that the United Nation’s assessments were positive for the new Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani.

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) has formally begun a two-day forum, “Sulaiman Fourm 2023”, in Sulaimani city on Wednesday with tens of politicians, diplomats, and leaders attending the event.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, delivered remarks at the Sulaimani Forum.

“Drivers of instability in the country’s more recent past, remain to a large extent the same, resulting in a pattern of recurring crisis,” she said.

“This includes entirely systemic corruption, weak governance, poor service delivery, unemployment, and over-reliance on oil,” she added.

“Only by focusing on the systemic concerns would it be possible to revive public trust. I warned that simmering anger boils over easily, and that failure to act will inevitably lead to a new cycle of violence.”

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