NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 7 April 2010
The President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, paid an official visit to Damascus, Syria from 5 to 7 April. At the invitation of the Yemeni Government, Dr. Treki will visit Sana'a, Yemen from 7 to 10 April. Thereafter, he will visit Kuwait City, Kuwait (10–12); and Manama, Bahrain (12-14).
In Syria, President Treki met with President Bashar al-Assad; Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa; and Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem. He also visited the Headquarter of the Arab Parliament at the invitation of the Parliament’s Secretary-General.
President Treki and President Assad discussed the outcome of Arab Summit that took place in Sirte, Libya, as well as the situation in the Middle East and the role the United Nations and its General Assembly should play in this regard. President Treki thanked Syria for its active role in the General Assembly, and its chairmanship of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in New York. Both sides reaffirmed the need to achieve reconciliation between the Palestinian factions. Dr. Treki and President Assad exchanged views on the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation in light of the upcoming international meetings, including the General Assembly thematic debate scheduled to be held on 19 April, as well as the review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty on 3 May 2010. President Treki extended an invitation to President Assad to attend the MDG Summit scheduled in September 2010.
Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa and Dr. Treki discussed the issue of Middle East in the context of the Arab Summit. Furthermore, they discussed the initiatives of the President of the General Assembly to hold thematic debates on the issues of disarmament, dialogue among civilizations, peacekeeping and the Middle East.
In his meeting with the Foreign Minister, President Treki extended an invitation to H.E. Walid al Muallem to attend the upcoming thematic debate on the Middle East. The Foreign Minister commended President Treki for his role in the revitalization of the General Assembly and the reform of the Security Council and reiterated the Arab Summit's position on the expansion of the Security Council.