Dutch former defence minister appointed as United Nation’s Iraq envoy

Vastavam web: A Dutch former defence minister has been appointed as the United Nation’s envoy to Iraq, to head a mission which plays an essential role in the country’s political and economic spheres. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert was named special representative and will head up the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a statement from the organisation said on Saturday. She will replace Jan Kubis, a Slovak former foreign minister who took up the post in February 2015.

Hennis-Plasschaert, 45, served as the Netherlands’ defence minister from 2012 until 2017. She was also a lawmaker in her home country and at the European Parliament, as well as working for the European Commission. UNAMI was established in 2003 by a UN Security Council resolution, at the request of the Iraqi government, and the mission was expanded four years later.