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United Nations, New York, 14 April 2010

Earthquake in China

The President of the General Assembly is deeply saddened by the news of the earthquake that has caused heavy loss of life and damages in China.

On behalf of Member States and on his own behalf, the President of the General Assembly expresses solidarity with and sends his condolences and prayers to the people and Government of China on this tragedy.


President Treki meets His Majesty Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain; concludes official visit to the Middle East

On 14 April 2010, President of the General Assembly, His Excellency Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with His Majesty Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain.

The President has concluded his official visits to the region that included the Arab Summit in Sirte, Libya, followed by visits to Syria, Yemen, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

President Treki and the King of Bahrain discussed important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly, including the Middle East. They called for Palestinian reconciliation, underlining its impact on the Palestinian question. They also discussed the follow up to the outcome of the Arab Summit with regard to the Palestinian question.

Dr. Treki invited His Majesty to the upcoming High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

President Treki briefed His Majesty on his initiatives at the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly and the thematic debates scheduled to take place in coming weeks on Disarmament, peacekeeping, dialogue among civilizations and the Middle East.

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.