I learned much from listening to Iraqi women and men explaining their history with pride: UN envoy

Plasschaert also said “Throughout the country, including the Kurdistan Region, countless people of all ages spontaneously shared, time and again, their hopes and aspirations. And I will forget none of them.”
The outgoing head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
The outgoing head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The outgoing head of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert released a farewell message on Tuesday.

“Over the past five years, I was repeatedly touched by the generosity and hospitality of a people who never departed from their tradition of welcoming an outsider or assisting those in need, even if at the expense of their own comfort or time,” the message read.

Plasschaert also said “Throughout the country, including the Kurdistan Region, countless people of all ages spontaneously shared, time and again, their hopes and aspirations. And I will forget none of them.”

“I wish to extend my deep appreciation and thanks for the kind cooperation and support shown to UNAMI, the broader UN family in Iraq and to me personally,” she concluded.

The UN envoy brought a wealth of experience to her role as head of UNAMI. Prior to her appointment, she served as Minister of Defense for the Netherlands, where she played a key role in shaping the country's defense policies and international security efforts. Her diplomacy and conflict resolution expertise made her well-suited to lead UNAMI in its mission to support Iraq's stability and development.