Iraqi government urged to create conditions for stability and reconstruction

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq

The Government of Iraq has been urged by the UN chief to create conditions for stabilisation and reconstruction alongside national partners and the international community.

Ban Ki-moon was in the country's capital, Baghdad, on Monday to meet with Iraqi leadership.

He said he was there to underscore the United Nations' "continuing and full support" for advancing peace, development and human rights in Iraq.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN chief noted that he had a "very productive" meeting with the Prime Minister of Iraq, which was preceded by what he described as "fruitful discussions" with the President of the country and the Speaker of Parliament.

Ban Ki-moon said he recognizes and appreciates the commitment of Iraqi leaders to maintaining the momentum for national reconciliation and unity.

However, he added that he remains extremely concerned about the security crisis in Iraq due to the threat of ISIL terrorists, also known as Daesh.

"I know the Government of Iraq, as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government have worked tirelessly to scale-up emergency relief efforts for those affected by the violence. Additional resources are urgently needed to save lives." (0'19")

Mr Ban also encouraged the Government of Iraq to do all it can to ensure the restoration of the rule of law and governance in areas liberated from ISIL.

The Secretary-General's next destination will be Kuwait to take part in a pledging conference in support of Syrian refugees and neighbouring host countries.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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