Middle East

09 February 2015, Dubai

Remarks at the opening of the Government Summit

I am delighted to attend this Government Summit 2015.

The United Arab Emirates has shown dynamism in modernizing government while preserving rich traditions.

I also applaud the Emirati Government for helping to advance progress on climate change and renewable energy.

Today I will speak about the pressing security and development challenges in our world. I will discuss how the United Nations is forging a global response. And I will highlight how capable governments – and a strong United Nations – can foster a more peaceful and sustainable future.

08 February 2015, Riyadh

Opening remarks to the press in Saudi Arabia

Asalamu alaykum.

I am honoured to be here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to pay my respects to the legacy of the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. I extend personal condolences to all members of the Royal Family, the Government and people.

14 October 2014, Ein Hashlosa

Remarks at press encounter in Southern Israel

Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Shalom.

14 October 2014, Gaza City

Opening remarks at press encounter in Gaza

Assalam alaikum.

Good afternoon.

I have had a deeply moving, unforgettable day. I am very humbled by what I saw here in this school. Meeting children, I am very inspired by their strength and courage.

It was very important for me to be here and to listen directly to teachers and the children. What their concerns are. How they have to be able to overcome this tragedy.

I know there is great deal of sadness, frustration, and even anger.

I fully understand their concerns and difficulties.

14 October 2014, Gaza City

Remarks in Gaza after meeting with Ministers of the Government of National Consensus

Thank you Deputy Prime Minister, thank you Ministers, it is my great pleasure to see you today. I am very pleased to visit Gaza and be with you, the Ministers of the National Consensus Government. This is my third visit to Gaza. I wanted to visit last July when I was in the region but at that time I was not able because of the continuing violence. But I wanted to send my strong solidarity and support to the people of Palestine.

13 October 2014, Jerusalem

Remarks with Leader of the Opposition (Israel), Mr. Isaac Herzog

Honourable Opposition Leader, Mr. Herzog,

It is a great honour and pleasure to visit and meet you. After many very tragic violence taking place in Gaza, I believe that it is high time now -- the parties should sit down together and address all these underlying issues, which have been there for a long time, unresolved.

13 October 2014, Jerusalem

Remarks at press encounter with the President of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Reuven Rivlin

Khag Sameakh! [hagsah-MAY-ach] Happy holiday!

Mr. President, thank you for your warm welcome and very kind words about me and the United Nations.

I am glad to have the opportunity to meet you at the outset of your presidency. I would like to sincerely congratulate your presidency. You can count on the United Nations and under your leadership and wisdom and experience, you will lead this country to better prosperity and peace and security.

13 October 2014, Jerusalem

Remarks to press encounter with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Mr. Prime Minister,

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

It is a great pleasure to see you again soon after our very constructive meeting in New York on the margins of the General Assembly.

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister for welcoming me despite this very pleasant holiday season. I hope I am not [inaudible] during this holiday season.

On my way from the airport yesterday to my hotel, I saw so many Israeli people enjoying this holiday -- Sukkot holiday. And I congratulate them and wish you all the best.

As you remember, I was here in July most recently.

13 October 2014, Ramallah

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah

Thank you Mr. Prime Minister,

Assalaam alaikum. Shukra Jazilan,

Good morning.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to be in Ramallah again. I would like to thank the Prime Minister Hamdallah and his Cabinet members for their warm welcome and hospitality.

I was last here in July during a tremendously difficult time. Civilians in Gaza were dying by the hundreds, and suffering by the hundreds of thousands of people.

I travelled to the region then to contribute to the international effort to stop the fighting.

13 October 2014, Cairo

Opening remarks at press encounter at Gaza Reconstruction Conference

Assalaam alaikum. Good afternoon.

Since I am leaving shortly for Israel and Palestine, I wanted to have this chance to share a few words about the Gaza reconstruction conference.

I would like to highlight three quick points.

First, today the international community clearly recognized the massive needs in Gaza – and is underscoring its commitment to act in a massive way.