The government affirms its commitment to protect the United Nations and diplomatic missions
Policy 2021-10-20 | 09:04
Today, Wednesday, the Iraqi government affirmed the right to demonstrate, provided that it does not encroach on law and order, while stressing its commitment to protecting the United Nations and diplomatic missions.
The Media Office of the Prime Minister said in a statement, received by Alsumaria News, that "the Prime Minister, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security, where they discussed the security situation in the country, and the measures taken to preserve the lives of citizens, and public and private properties.""..
Al-Kazemi stressed "the importance of the national identity being dominant, and avoiding everything that sows division among our one people," adding that
"the government played a major role in holding the elections, and the security services succeeded in securing electoral centers, candidates and voters, praising the role of the security services of all kinds, as The elections were held for the first time without a curfew, and without booby-traps, assassinations and terrorist acts.”
The meeting affirmed, according to the statement, that “peaceful demonstration is a constitutional right, and it is the duty of our security forces to secure the right to express opinion, provided that it does not include encroaching on law and order or restricting citizens, blocking roads and disrupting public life, or assaulting public and private property, or insult to the prestige of the state.
The meeting stressed that "objection to the results of the elections must be part of the legal procedures in place, which is the natural and sound legal path," calling on the demonstrators to "cooperate with the security forces in order to carry out their tasks in maintaining security, and confirmed the directives of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces." The security forces stressed the importance of showing high discipline and maintaining the conduct of public life.
The meeting affirmed the Iraqi government's commitment to protect the United Nations Mission in Iraq and other diplomatic missions operating in the country from any threat and support them to carry out their tasks, within the scope of Iraq's commitment to international laws and norms, reiterating Iraq's firm position in its refusal to be a starting point for attacking any other country.".
The meeting expressed "thanks and appreciation to all local and international observers who contributed to observing the voting process at the invitation of the Iraqi government, and valued the positive role played by regional and international organizations, especially the League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the European Union mission, as well as the United Nations mission in Iraq." in providing support and backing, and coordinating the work of international observers.