Ambassador Haley’s remarks at UNSC meeting on Iraq

Ambassador Haley’s remarks at UNSC meeting on Iraq

New York, May 31 (Just News): Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks this morning at a UN Security Council briefing on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


“Just three years ago, Iraq was in a very different place. ISIS controlled Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and it captured territory stretching to within thirty minutes of Baghdad. ISIS fighters were committing unspeakable atrocities against Iraqis, including selling women into sexual slavery and murdering religious minorities. They were using their safe haven to plan attacks against the West. But that was three years ago. Today, Iraq is liberated. With the support of the United States and other Coalition allies, Iraqis have taken their country back.”


“Just as Iraq is starting a new chapter, the UN and its mission in Iraq must adapt too. Last year, the Security Council requested that the UN carry out an external assessment of the UNAMI mission in Iraq. The review team came back with a long list of recommendations. Many are quite technical. But they add up to an important vision for reform – one that would make UNAMI more efficient and better at coordinating among the many different UN agencies that operate on the ground. Now the responsibility falls to the Secretary-General to fully carry out these recommendations and keep the Council informed on their progress. The United States will be closely following that progress.”


“Iraq’s achievements in defeating ISIS and carrying out elections deserve our collective recognition and praise. Iraq has taken major strides toward a more stable, secure, and democratic future. Now Iraq’s leaders have the hard task of assembling their government and showing that they can deliver on the high expectations of their people. The United States will be ready to support Iraq in achieving this goal.”