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President Treki joins international condemnation of the Israeli storming of the humanitarian ships to Gaza

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki arrived today in Saudi Arabia for a four-day official visit. President Treki left Doha yesterday where he delivered a key note address at the 10th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, at the invitation of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem Al-Thani. During his visit, President Treki held talks with His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. Their talks also focused on the Israeli military attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza and the killing of 10 civilians. Condemning this attack, they called for the immediate lifting of siege on Gaza, and the release of all detainees.

Prior to Doha, President Treki concluded on 29 May 2010 a two-day visit to Brazil, where he attended the Third Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, entitled "Bridging Cultures, Building Peace", which took place in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Treki delivered the opening statement at the Summit Plenary on Cultural Diversity as the Path to Peace, on 28 May. The Summit was attended by several Heads of State and Government, as well as many Foreign Ministers, and Heads of International and regional organizations.

In his statement, Dr. Treki stressed on establishing a peaceful world order through peaceful coexistence based on the mutual respect between cultures and values. He noted the need to fight ignorance and to undertake practical steps that would lead to a new era of political, economic and social advancement. Dr. Treki reaffirmed that the international community has denounced the atrocities committed by the Nazi against the Jews as a genocide and crime against humanity. He underscored that the international community also adopted collective measures against ethnic cleansing. He stressed that the world should address the collective punishment measures against the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Territories.

During his visit, President Treki met briefly with the President of Brazil. They exchanged views on how the General Assembly can play an increasing role in promoting the dialogue among civilizations and religions.

President Treki also held bilateral talks with the Foreign Minister of Brazil, focusing on the current efforts to reform the United Nations, including in the General Assembly and Security Council. They exchanged views on the preparations for the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Earlier last week on his official visit to Argentina, President Treki participated in the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Argentina's independence as the guest of honor, at the invitation of H.E. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, President of Argentina.

On 25 May, President Treki had a bilateral meeting with the President of Bolivia, H.E. Evo Morales. They discussed a wide range of issues, in particular the role of the United Nations on climate change ahead of the Cancun meeting. President Treki also invited President Evo Morales to attend the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2010 in New York.