NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 12 April 2010
On 11 April 2010, the President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with His Highness the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The meeting addressed a number of issues, including the situation in the Middle East and the role of the United Nations in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the outcome of the Arab League Summit, elections in Iraq, as well as nuclear non-proliferation.
Both sides reaffirmed the need to strengthen the United Nations and the role it plays in resolving the Palestinian question and ending the human tragedy in the Gaza Strip. They further discussed the upcoming international meetings concerning nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, including the thematic debate of the General Assembly on 19 April on this issue and the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty scheduled to take place in May 2010.
His Highness the Emir commended the role President Treki plays in leading the work of the General Assembly, and his initiatives to hold a number of high-level thematic debates in the General Assembly on issues such as the dialogue among civilizations, disarmament, peacekeeping and the situation in Middle East. His Highness the Emir reaffirmed the support of Kuwait to the United Nations and its General Assembly.
President Treki also met with His Highness Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait. They discussed the preparations for the upcoming Millennium Development Goals Summit and the participation of His Highness in the Summit. They also exchanged views on the need to strengthen the United Nations, the efforts to reform the Security Council and revitalize the General Assembly. Later on the same day, in honor of the President of the General Assembly, His Highness the Prime Minister hosted a state dinner which was attended by Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Al-Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier on 11 April, President Treki visited the United Nations House in Kuwait City, and met with the directors of the country offices of the United Nations funds and programmes operating in Kuwait.
On 12 April, the President Treki visited the Majlis Al-Umma, the National Assembly of Kuwait, and met with its Speaker, Honourable Jassem Al-Kharafi. They discussed the role of parliaments in supporting the work of the United Nations and the General Assembly, in particular in the area of achieving the MDGs.
Later on his arrival in Bahrain on 12 April, he was welcomed by Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Adviser to the Royal Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and President of the sixty-first session of the General Assembly who was accompanied by senior officials from the Foreign Ministry.