ERBIL — The US State Department on Monday welcomed a previous statement by the United Nations Security Council on the Iraqi parliamentary elections held on October 10, and condemned the threats of violence against the UN mission in the post-election unrest.
“The United States welcomes the UN Security Council Press Statement on Iraq’s October 10 election. We congratulate the people and the Government of Iraq for a secure, technically sound, and largely peaceful election process,” reads the statement by the State Department Spokesperson.
It described the election as “an opportunity for Iraqi voters to determine their future through a government that reflects their will.”
“We join the international community in condemning the threats of violence against the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), and other Iraqis and urge all parties to respect the rule of law and the integrity of the electoral process.”
The US, according to the statement, is looking forward to working with the new government of Iraq once formed to strengthen partnership in different areas of mutual interest, including stability and sovereignty, economic empowerment, anti-corruption efforts, energy independence, climate, and the protection of human rights.