Middle East

28 June 2016, Jerusalem

Remarks at joint press conference with the Prime Minister of the State of Israel

Thank you for your very warm welcome and very kind words about the United Nations.

I know you are just back from Rome. Let me start by commending your leadership in restoring full diplomatic relationship with Turkey. The countries of the region need more dialogue and this is a welcome step and a hopeful sign.

28 June 2016, Ramallah

Remarks at joint press conference with the President of the State of Palestine

Your Excellency Mr. President, Mr Prime Minister and Foreign Minister,

Distinguished senior government officials of the State of Palestine,

Ladies and Gentlemen of the media,

Assalaam u alaikum. Ramadan Kareem.

Good evening.

It is a great pleasure for me to be in Ramallah again. I thank His Excellency President Abbas and His Excellency Prime Minister Hamdallah for their warm welcome and hospitality.

I was honoured to receive the Grand Cordon-Star of the State of Palestine.

27 June 2016, Jerusalem

Remarks at press encounter with Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

Shalom and thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome to Israel.

As you know, I am in my tenth and final year as Secretary-General – and this is my eleventh visit to Israel.

I wanted to use this opportunity to meet with leaders in both Israel and Palestine to discuss the way forward. I also appreciate the chance I had earlier today to meet with innovators at Tel Aviv University who are working to build a better tomorrow.

Mr. President,

A better tomorrow also means a future free from violence.

27 June 2016, Tel Aviv

Remarks at Tel Aviv University


I am delighted to visit Tel Aviv University, and deeply honoured to receive the George S. Wise Medal from this prestigious academic forum.

I know that this recognition symbolizes common goals of our institutions: progress, prosperity and peace. 

I accept it in the name of all the women and men of the United Nations working to advance peace, development and human rights around the world and around the clock. 

26 June 2016, Kuwait City

Remarks to the Yemeni Delegations at the Kuwait Peace Talks

As-salam Alaikum.  Ramadan Karim. 

It’s a great pleasure to meet you together. This is the first time I have met you. I wanted to meet you last year in Geneva but somehow it did not work.

I appreciate that you have now been meeting together to resolve this crisis in a peaceful manner through a political dialogue.

The situation in Yemen is of profound concern. Not only to me and the United Nations, but also to you and all of your people, and all of the countries in the region. 

21 May 2016, Doha

Remarks at the Doha Forum

Your Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar,
Your Excellency Ms. Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius,
Your Excellency Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger,
Your Excellency Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Honourable guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the State of Qatar for generously hosting the Doha Forum.

We gather at a time of fragility and vulnerability.

27 March 2016, Amman

Opening remarks at press conference in Jordan

Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, Minister of Planning, Imad Fakhoury, ladies and gentlemen of the press,

It is a great pleasure to visit Jordan again. Amman is really a city [that is] a centre of activities and diplomacy and I really thank you for all your strong support for the United Nations, working together with the United Nations.

27 March 2016, Amman

Remarks at opening dialogue with youth in Jordan

In Jordan’s Zaatari camp, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with young refugees. 27 March, 2016. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Dear students,

Asalam Aleykum.

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I’m very pleased to be here today at the University of Jordan; the oldest school of higher education in the country.

This university has played its part in making Jordan into the country it is today. It has educated many of your top politicians, businessmen and leaders from all sectors of society. Some of them are even working for me!

26 March 2016, Baghdad

Opening remarks at press conference following meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

As-salaam ‘alaykum

Good afternoon.

Great pleasure for me to visit Iraq again, I am pleased to be back in Baghdad for my eighth visit as Secretary-General and I am very much impressed by all the progress you have been making, particularly against Daesh.

Before I go on on specific issues, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest condolences to the people and Government of Iraq, and particularly those members of the families affected by terrorist attacks yesterday in Iskanderiyeh, south of Baghdad.

26 March 2016, Baghdad

Address to Iraq’s Council of Representatives

I am honoured to be here again in Iraq, the cradle of civilization, this time with Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Dr. Ahmad Ali Al-Madani, President of the Islamic Development Bank.

Thank you for your warm welcome.

I would like to start by offering my deepest condolences to all Iraqis, and particularly the families and friends of those killed in yesterday’s bomb attack at a football stadium in Iskanderiyeh, south of Baghdad.