Middle East

29 March 2017, Dead Sea

Address at the Summit of the League of Arab States

Your Majesties,
Your Royal Highnesses,
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.

28 March 2017, Zaatari

Opening press remarks at Zaatari refugee camp

[inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

15 February 2017, Cairo

Remarks at Cairo University

Honourable President of the Cairo University, 
Honourable Ministers, 
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me say first of all, how grateful I am for this invitation to be here in the same university as one of my predecessor, that I so much admire, Boutros Ghali, as it was said by the honourable Minister, and in a country, Egypt, that is one of the pillars of multilateralism in today’s world. 

15 February 2017, Cairo

Opening remarks at press encounter with Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt

Thank you very much, honourable Minister and dear friend.

I have always believed that Egypt, due to its history, its culture, its geopolitical position, is a central player in this region, and an absolutely essential contributor for the solution of the problems of the region. And so it was for me an enormous privilege to be able to come again to Cairo and to discuss with President Sisi the different crises that we are facing together.

12 February 2017, Riyadh

Opening remarks at press encounter with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmad Al-Jubeir of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Thank you very much, Honorable Minister.
I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty, the Custodian of the Holy Mosques, to His Royal Majesties, His Royal Highnesses, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince, and to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs, for the very warm hospitality that I was granted here in Saudi Arabia.

13 February 2017, Dubai

Opening remarks at the World Government Summit

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s an enormous pleasure and an enormous honor to be here. I am very grateful to your Highness [Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum] for your very kind invitation.

If one looks at today’s governance problems at the country level, between countries or at multilateral governance in the world, we face a terrible lack of trust. Lack of trust between peoples, between governments and political establishment. Lack of trust between countries and lack of trust in relation to governance in global multilateral institutions. 

25 November 2016, Abu Dhabi

Remarks to Emirates Diplomatic Academy

I am honoured to be visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the ninth time as Secretary-General.
I thank His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Government for the warm welcome.

I would also like to express my appreciation for the support and contributions of the UAE throughout my decade in office.  

20 July 2016, New York, USA

Statement by the Secretary-General on the occasion of the first anniversary of adoption of resolution 2231 (2015)

A year ago, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed by the E3/EU +3 and Iran. I congratulate the Security Council and JCPOA participants on the first anniversary of this historic achievement. The JCPOA was a triumph of diplomacy for the resolution and prevention of conflict and which also strengthened global non-proliferation norms. I applaud the dedication and determination shown on all sides.

28 June 2016, Gaza

Remarks at press encounter

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning, salam aleikum, Ramadan kareem

I am honoured to be in Gaza once again.

The Palestinians in Gaza have a very special place in my heart. I have visited Gaza four times in the ten years that I have been Secretary-General of the United Nations.

I have personally witnessed the ravages of war and have been profoundly moved by the resilience and determination of the Palestinian people. They have stood up and rebuilt their lives in the face of staggering obstacles and hardships.