Middle East

25 July 2014, Cairo

Remarks at press conference with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim, and Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States

Thank you,
Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry of Egypt;
Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry;
League of Arab States Secretary-General [Nabil] Elaraby;
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good evening. Salaam aleikum. Ramadan karim.

24 July 2014, Erbil

Statement on Beit Hanoun

I am appalled by the news of an attack on an UNRWA school in Northern Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge.

Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as UN staff.

Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act.

Throughout the day, our staff had been attempting to arrange a humanitarian pause in the hostilities so that civilians could be evacuated.

24 July 2014, Cairo

Remarks at press encounter with US Secretary of State, John Kerry

This is totally unacceptable. I have condemned strongly. We are now in the 16th day; tomorrow will be the 17th day. During those days Secretary Kerry and I and many world leaders have been working tirelessly to bring this unacceptable, intolerable, situation to an end as soon as possible. We have not yet reached there.

24 July 2014, Erbil

Remarks to the press in Erbil

I am very pleased to be back in Erbil again, for the second time this year.

I would like to congratulate the Kurdistan Regional Government and the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on holding of both the governorate council elections and the general elections last April. I also welcome the new Kurdistan Regional Government sworn in last month.

24 July 2014, Baghdad

Remarks to the press on meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki

Assalam Alaykom.

Ramadan Karim

I am very pleased to be back in Baghdad. This is my sixth visit as Secretary-General to visit this great country. I know this is a difficult, challenging time. I wanted to be here to underscore my full support for your efforts to overcome divisions and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful Iraq for all.

Let me begin by congratulating the people of Iraq for the general elections that were successfully held on April 30th.

This constitutes the first fundamental step in consolidating the democratic political process.

24 July 2014, Najaf

Remarks to press in Najaf, Iraq

Assalam Alaikum.

Ramadan Kareem.

I am extremely honored to have met His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani today for the first time.

He is a man of the deepest wisdom and tolerance. He is an inspiration and a role model for his many followers in Iraq and beyond.

We reviewed the current crisis in Iraq and the necessary humanitarian response. I expressed the United Nations’ gratitude for His Eminence’s support for all efforts to protect civilians in the current conflict.

23 July 2014, Amman

Opening remarks to press with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh of Jordan

Assalam alaikum.

Ramadan kareem,

23 July 2014, Jerusalem

Remarks to press after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is the 15th day since the crisis began. We do not have much time to wait and lose. I really appreciate Secretary Kerry’s very intensive, very dynamic engagement with world leaders, as I have been doing. Together, we are now joining our forces and strength to make a ceasefire as soon as possible. But there are still some details which we have to make. That is why I am meeting Secretary Kerry for a second time. But we will continue to discuss this matter.

23 July 2014, Jerusalem

Remarks to the press with Israeli President Shimon Peres

Thank you, Mr. President.

Good morning, shalom.

It’s great honour for me to join you Mr. President as you conclude your such a distinguished tenure as President of Israel.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest admiration and respect for your leadership and many decades long dedicated service for your country and also contribution to peace, security and human rights for the international community.

22 July 2014, Tel Aviv

Remarks to the press with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon

Thank you, Minister Ya’alon. Shalom.

Thank you very much for your time and welcoming me.

This is my third visit to Israel and the region in five years for an emergency mission. I have been visiting Israel many times but this time again I am coming with a heavy, heavy heart.

I fully appreciate the legitimate security concerns of the Israeli Government and people. You have a duty and responsibility to protect your citizens from indiscriminate rocket firings from Gaza by Hamas and Islamist jihadists. This is unacceptable. I strongly condemn that.