The Secretary-General held today a series of meetings with Iraq’s leaders. He met with H.E. President Jalal Talabani, H.E. Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, and H.E. the Speaker of the Council of Representatives, Usama al-Nujaifi. He also addressed the Council of Representatives.
On Iraq and Kuwait, the Secretary-General reiterated his personal commitment to see Iraq achieve full normalization of its international status. While welcoming the holding of the second meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in April following the exchange of high-level visits, he urged Iraq to fulfill its outstanding international obligations, including boundary maintenance and compensation of farmers, without further delay. He reiterated his belief that a historic opportunity is at hand for both Iraq and Kuwait to put the past behind them and usher a new era of cooperation towards full normalization of their relations.
On the ongoing political stalemate, the Secretary-General urged all political leaders to work in a constructive spirit of compromise within the framework of the Constitution. He also appealed to the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to exercise restraint and enter into meaningful dialogue to address outstanding issues.
The Secretary-General discussed with the Iraqi leaders the situation in Syria, including its humanitarian impact and urged Iraq to continue to be generous and keep its borders open to enable Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees to seek safety in Iraq.
The Secretary-General assured his interlocutors that, in accordance with its Security Council mandate, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), led by his Special Representative, Martin Kobler, and together with the United Nations country team, will remain steadfast in its support to the people and Government of Iraq in securing a future of peace, stability and prosperity.