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Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein met with the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Mrs. Ghada Wali, and the two sides discussed the latest regional and international developments, especially those related to the Office’s work in issues of illegal immigration, human trafficking, prison conditions and programs Dedicated to rehabilitation, combating drugs in terms of reducing supply and demand, treating addiction phenomena, and treating addicts, especially in light of the changes taking place in the Middle East and their impact on the immigration and drug files.
The two sides touched on the files of corruption and terrorism and the urgent need for a long-term plan related to the implementation of economic reforms that contribute to the transition of the Iraqi economy to modern automation to detect corruption and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. As well as cooperation between Iraq and the (STAR) initiative to recover looted funds, and cooperation with the German company Siemens in combating corruption between the public and private sectors.
On the other hand, during the meeting, there was talk about the implementation of the Container Control Program (CCP) and the possibility that it would allow for Iraq in the event of signing a memorandum of understanding within the framework of organizing the work of border crossings with the help of the United Nations, as well as assisting government agencies in obtaining drug detection devices.
At the end of the meeting, His Excellency the Minister commended the office’s work and activities in Iraq and offered to provide all possible assistance to facilitate the office’s work in implementing the programs designated for Iraq. He also extended his invitation to Mrs. Wali to visit Baghdad as soon as possible.
For her part, Mrs. Ghada Wali thanked the Minister for the visit and invited him to attend the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, because of its positive impact on helping Iraq in combating corruption and recovering funds.
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