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At UN, Gulf State Ministers stress importance of ‘good neighbourliness’ in Middle East

26 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and Oman today expressed concerns about instability in the Middle East region, citing the links between peace and development, and emphasizing the importance of being good neighbours to each other.


Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya, Presidency Council Chair tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – The Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Mustafa Faiez Serraj, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the political agreement signed by the Libyan parties remains the solution to the current crisis in the North African country.


At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September 2016 – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”


Palestinians still long for peace, but will never accept ‘temporary solutions,’ President Abbas tells UN

22 September 2016 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to declare 2017 “the international year to end the Israeli occupation of our land and our people,” and exert all efforts to end the decades of injustice imposed upon the Palestinian people and provide a unique opportunity for peace, stability and coexistence to prevail in the region.


Post-9/11 security policies may be genesis of today’s borderless violent extremism, Iran tells UN

22 September 2016 – The century that began with terror in New York City should not continue with the spread of hatred, violence and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, told the United Nations General Assembly today, underscoring that the most pressing issue that world leaders need to address is how to tackle terrorism in a comprehensive manner.


Build global citizenry living together in harmony, not ‘imperialist walls,’ Bolivia’s Morales tells UN

21 September 2016 – The world is again entering an era of “dark capitalist and imperialist barbarism” which acts against human dignity, the integrity of Mother Earth and the sovereignty of countries, Bolivian President Evo Morales told the United Nations General Assembly today, calling for a “new world order” which, rather than constructing walls, built a global citizenry where all people live together as a common family.


Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront world crises

21 September 2016 – The United Nations needs urgent reform to confront the challenges now facing the world, from the Palestinian-Israel conflict and the bloody wars in Syria and Yemen to countering terrorism and tackling the refugee crisis, Saudi Arabia warned the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.


At UN Assembly, Tunisia’s President cites African 2063 Agenda as vital to continent-wide development

20 September 2016 – Addressing world leaders today at the United Nations today, Béji Caïd Essebsi, the President of Tunisia, said this year’s general debate is taking place as his country marked the sixtieth anniversary of its independence and therefore is an opportunity to reaffirm Tunisia’s commitment to promoting peace and security, human rights and development.


In war on terrorism Egypt’s leader tells UN Assembly UNESCO has cultural role to play

20 September 2016 – Calling terrorism “the cancer of our age […] that breeds the call for extremism and violence in the minds of people,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today urged the United Nations to use cultural ‘weapons’ to eliminate destructive ideologies via access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies.


Jordan’s king warns UN Assembly that both Islamophobia and Islam ‘outlaws’ threaten world

20 September 2016 – King Abdullah II of Jordan today decried both Western Islamophobia and the terrorist “outlaws” who sully the name of Islam, warning the United Nation General Assembly that both threaten the future of society.