Middle East

14 February 2018, Kuwait City

Statement to the Conference on Reconstruction in Iraq

I am delighted to be here with you today to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq, a country that has suffered so much and that has so much to contribute to the world.

I thank the government of Kuwait for demonstrating, once again, its commitment to its neighbour.

30 August 2017, Tel Aviv

Speech at the Museum of the Jewish People

Dear Prime Minister,
Ambassador,
Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,
 
I am honoured to speak to you today after visiting the Museum of the Jewish People, which tells a story stretching over millennia and to all corners of the world.
 
This remarkably rich mosaic is a Jewish legacy. But it is also an important part of the collective heritage of humanity, a showcase of its highest summits and its lowest depths.
 

30 August 2017, Gaza

Remarks to the press at UNRWA school

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you very much for your presence.
 
I am deeply moved to be in Gaza today, unfortunately, to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises that I have seen in many years working as a humanitarian in the United Nations.
 

29 August 2017, Ramallah

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah of the State of Palestine

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister, for your words and for your warm reception here in Ramallah.
 
I want to express very strongly the total commitment of the United Nations, and my personal total commitment, to do everything for a two-state solution to the materialize. I’ve said several times that there is no plan B to the two-state solution.
 

28 August 2017, Jerusalem

Opening remarks to the media with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your warm welcome. I started the visit to your beautiful country with two very emotional moments: first in Yad Vashem and then in the Grove of Nations; and Yad Vashem is there to remind us of the Holocaust and to remind us of how important it is even today as the Holocaust was not more than the culmination of millennia of expression of anti-Semitism around the world through discriminations and persecution that I witness also in my own country in the middle ages and then with the expulsion of Jews in the 16th century. 

27 August 2017, Kuwait City

Opening remarks to the press after meeting His Highness the Amir of Kuwait

This is a visit to pay tribute and to express gratitude to what has been not only the Kuwait leadership in humanitarian action. When I was High Commissioner for Refugees I remember how the Amir of Kuwait presided the three conferences to mobilize the international community to support the Syrian people suffering so much, with the war that has been going on and on.

28 August 2017, Jerusalem

Remarks to the press at Yad Vashem

Secretary-General António Guterres pays a visit to the Yad Vashem's Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem. Photo: Shlomi Amsalem

This visit to Yad Vashem is a tribute to the Jewish people, victims of the most hideous crime against humanity in the history of mankind, and a tribute to the courage of the survivors whose testimony we all have the obligation to repeat to make sure that the future generations will never forget the Holocaust.

31 March 2017, Hassan Sham

Remarks to the press after visiting the Hassan Sham camp in northern Iraq

This is a visit of solidarity with the people of Mosul who have suffered the oppression of ISIS in terrible conditions and that are now suffering from the military operations that are needed to defeat terrorism in Mosul.
 

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
Excellencies,
 
As salaam alaikum.
 
I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.
 
Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.