NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 13 April 2010
On 13 April 2010, the President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, commenced his official visit to Kingdom of Bahrain, with a meeting with His Royal Highness Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, the Prime Minister of Bahrain.
The discussions focused on the situation in the Middle East, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. They voiced serious concern regarding the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and the political stalemate between the parties to the conflict. They also discussed the outcome of the recently held Arab Summit in Sirte. They underscored the necessity of achieving swift reconciliation between the Palestinian factions. The President and His Royal Highness exchanged views on the situation in Iraq in the wake of the recent elections that took place there, and expressed the hope that national unity and reconciliation would be achieved.
President Treki briefed His Royal Highness the Prime Minister on the priorities of the General Assembly, including the preparations of the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010. Dr. Treki reaffirmed the need for strong Arab participation in the meeting. He invited the Kingdom of Bahrain to participate in the upcoming thematic debates in the General Assembly that will address issues of disarmament and non-proliferation, peacekeeping, dialogue among civilizations, as well as on the situation in the Middle East. They reaffirmed the call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.
The President of the General Assembly also held bilateral talks with Sheikh Mohammad bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister for Ministerial Committees. The talks focused on the challenges facing the international community and the Arab World.
President Treki is scheduled to meet His Majesty Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, on 14 April 2010.