UN envoy: Unemployment, free speech most pressing issues in Iraq and Kurdistan


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SULAIMANI — The UN Special Representative to Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, said at the 7th Sulaimani Forum that the increase in unemployment and the lack of freedom of expression are among the most prominent issues facing the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.

Plasschaert said the UN fully supports the Kurdistan Region in reaching a positive level of security and political stability.

"It is important to focus on establishing an important work program in Iraq and the Region,” she said.

Plasschaert said there is financial corruption in Iraq and the Region, and that reforms must be made to overcome graft.

She also said the 2023 budget will not save the country if reform is not carried out.

(NRT Digital Media)