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Published: 09:40, October 05, 2022 | Updated: 09:46, October 05, 2022
Chinese envoy: Iraq should not be arena for geopolitical race
By Xinhua
Published:09:40, October 05, 2022 Updated:09:46, October 05, 2022 By Xinhua

A picture obtained from a senior coalition official shows a security officer checking the remains of two armed drones at the site where the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq said it shot down two drones targeting a compound hosting coalition troops near Baghdad airport early in the morning on Jan 3, 2022.  (HANDOUT / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese envoy warned Tuesday against making Iraq a geopolitical battleground.

"With its strategic location, as well as ethnic and religious diversity, Iraq should become a propeller of regional cooperation, not an arena for geopolitical competition," Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council meeting on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

We support Iraq, in its joint efforts with Kuwait in achieving progress in the search for missing Kuwaiti nationals and property. China has always stood for the full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, Iraq included, and has always stood for common security through cooperation.

Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations

Dai said that China commends Iraq for developing good neighborly and friendly relations with countries in the region and promoting regional integration.

"We support Iraq, in its joint efforts with Kuwait in achieving progress in the search for missing Kuwaiti nationals and property. China has always stood for the full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, Iraq included, and has always stood for common security through cooperation," he said.

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"At present, Iraq is at a crucial political phase, facing such major tasks as forming the new government. We sincerely hope that the parties in Iraq will strengthen unity, properly settle their differences, and within the constitutional and legal framework conduct dialogue and consultations to seek consensus on next steps of political arrangements, with a view to laying a solid political foundation for lasting peace, development and prosperity," said the ambassador.

Noting that Iraq has made huge sacrifices in combating Da'esh and recovering the territories originally occupied by terrorists and extremist organizations, Dai said that the international community must continue its support to Iraq in eradicating the remnants of terrorism and consolidating the hard-won counter-terrorism results.

Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, speaks at a Security Council briefing on Oct 19, 2020 at the United Nations. (PHOTO / MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, CHINA)

Turning to UNAMI, Dai said the mission and other UN agencies must channel more resources and attention to supporting Iraq's national development priorities.

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"UNAMI's human rights-related and humanitarian work must strictly follow the mandate, closely communicate and coordinate with the Iraqi Government, and improve screening and verification of information," said the envoy. 

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