Iraqi PM meets UN envoy to discuss gov’t plan, int’l support

BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday met with the UN Special Envoy in Iraq Jan Kubis over the ways to implement the government program and assist Iraq.

The discussion covered the “political and security situation, stabilization and reconstruction, as well as the future program of the UN in Iraq,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Mahdi stressed the international support for Iraq in the coming stage, after the victory over Islamic State (IS) militants in the country, the statement noted.

According to a separate statement by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Kubis discussed “the outlined government program and ways the UN can assist the government of Iraq in its implementation, as well as efforts to advance investment, stabilization, reconstruction, return of IDPs (internally displaced people) and security sector reform.”

On Oct. 24, Mahdi was sworn in as the new prime minister of Iraq after the parliament passed 14 out of his 22 cabinet members.

The parliament also approved Mahdi’s government program, which included strengthening internal and external security through law enforcement, anti-terrorism and efforts to fight corruption.

Mahdi is also the temporary acting minister for the security ministries of defense and interior.

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