On 8 October 2018, Permanent Representative Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Bahr Al-Uloum delivered the address of Iraq at the opening session of the First Committee of Disarmament and International Security.

The Permanent Representative pointed out that the process of maintaining the international peace and security was the responsibility of all, especially in the complex security environment in our world today.

He stressed the importance of establishing a Middle East region free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, in a way that would contribute to strengthening efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament and to strengthen regional and international peace and security.

He pointed out that Iraq, as part of its commitment to the multilateral framework, worked within the framework of the Arab Group to initiate a draft decision to negotiate a treaty for the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons in the Middle East in 2019.

He also addressed the danger of mines and explosive remnants of war that affect the development of communities and provide a safe environment as well as reduce the ability of the state to produce energy, prepare supplies for reconstruction and normalcy.

He pointed to the efforts of Iraqi institutions to meet the challenges and educate affected communities and displaced persons before returning to their cities to secure a safe return.