The Secretary-General called today H.E., Mr. Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, to congratulate him on the success of the Iraqi security forces in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. He noted that the liberation of Ramadi was an important victory and stressed the need for measures to be taken to restore the rule of law as well as basic services in Ramadi as to allow for the return of internally displaced persons as soon as possible. He offered UN support in that regard.
The Secretary-General also expressed his concern over the recent abduction of a group of Qatari citizens in Iraq, including children. He urged the Prime Minister to do everything possible to ensure their prompt and safe release.