The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General is saddened by the tragic loss of lives after a passenger ferry capsized today in the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul. The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, the Government and people of Iraq and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
This tragedy happens on the Nowruz holiday, when many across Iraq are celebrating the first day of spring. The Secretary-General conveys the solidarity of the United Nations with the Republic of Iraq as well as its readiness to support national assistance efforts as needed.