UN envoy travelling to Iran for regional meeting on Iraq

29 November 2004
SRSG Ashraf Qazi

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq is heading to Iran for a meeting of interior ministers from Iraq and its neighbours, a UN spokesman said today.

Yesterday, Ashraf Qazi concluded a visit to the Kurdistan area of Iraq where he met separately with Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barazani and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani.

He discussed with both the latest developments in Iraq and the UN role in helping the rebuilding process there, the spokesman said. The UN envoy also exchanged views on the security situation and the efforts to advance the political process as well as preparations for the country's national elections.

Mr. Qazi also met with the prime minister of the Kurdish Region government in Erbil and the prime minister of the Kurdish Region government in Sulaimaniyah for talks that focused on the UN role in providing assistance to the region through projects carried out by UN agencies.

Mr. Qazi told the two prime ministers in their separate meetings that the UN will spare no effort in supporting the reconstruction process in Iraq and highlighted the efforts the UN has already exerted to implement a number of vital projects in the areas of health, education, infrastructure among others.


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