[size=36]China sends a message to the international community regarding Iraq[/size]
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China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Geng Shuang, said during a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq, quoting the Chinese News Agency, that the upcoming elections in October are a top priority on Iraq's current political agenda and a decisive step forward in its political transition. He called on the international community to continue supporting Iraq in advancing its domestic political process.
"China supports the Iraqi people's independent choice of the development path that meets their national reality," he added, noting the progress in the preparations for the elections.
He affirmed his support for the United Nations in providing electoral assistance to Iraq, expressing that the United Nations mission, UNAMI, plays a constructive role in ensuring the smooth and successful conduct of the elections.
He added, "The international community must continue its support for Iraq in fighting terrorism and maintaining national security and stability."
He stressed "the need to increase international support to help Iraq confront the threat of terrorism and expedite the deportation of foreign terrorist fighters to their countries."
"The international community must translate its aid commitments into action, effectively assist Iraq in rebuilding its infrastructure, accelerating social and economic development, and reversing the plight of vulnerable groups including the displaced and this assistance must not be accompanied by political conditions," he said.
The envoy added, "China is ready to continue working with the rest of the international community to support Iraq in combating COVID-19, accelerating reconstruction, restoring economic and social development, and achieving long-term peace and security, as the third batch of vaccines provided by the Chinese government has arrived in Baghdad." A43