Human Rights, democracy

04 April 2019, Tripoli

Opening remarks at press conference in Tripoli, Libya

Thank you very much for your presence. This visit has been conceived as a visit of solidarity with the Libyan people – The Libyan people that have suffered too much and deserve to live in a normal country with normal political institutions, with peace, security and prosperity.

The UN has no agenda and no interests in relation to Libya but one: the welfare of the Libyan people, the peace in the country, and the possibility to live in a normal democracy and to take profit of the enormous wealth of the country to benefit its citizens.

03 April 2019, Cairo

Opening remarks at press conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shokry Selim of Egypt

I’d like to first of all express my deep gratitude for the wonderful Egyptian hospitality, which I always enjoy when coming to Cairo.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to have a lengthy and very important discussion with His Excellency President [Abdelfattah al] Sisi and with Minister [Sameh] Shoukry yesterday and today.

English translation unavailable for رسالة بمناسبة الذكرى السنوية الخامسة والعشرين للإبادة الجماعية المرتكبة ضد التوتسي في رواندا.

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at press encounter at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York

As salaam alaikum.
I am honoured to be here on this holy day to pay my respects and show my solidarity with the Muslim community from New York to New Zealand and beyond.
The horrific terror attack in Christchurch took place exactly one week ago.  Our hearts remain heavy with grief and sympathy for the families of the victims.
Over the last few days, we have learned more about those victims and their stories. 

22 March 2019, New York City

Remarks at the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan

As salaam alaikum.  Thank you very much.
I am here on this holy day to express my solidarity and to offer my support to you, to your community and to your families.
We are still reeling from last Friday’s terrorist attack in New Zealand.  At the same time, we have come to learn so many inspiring stories about the victims.

25 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks at event to commemorate International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

I am pleased to join you to observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
This is an occasion for all of us to renew our promise to end racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, including social and ethnic discrimination, anti-Muslim hatred and anti-Semitism.
The massacre at two mosques in New Zealand two Fridays ago is the latest tragedy rooted in such poison.
Last Friday I visited the Islamic Center here in New York to show my solidarity and express my outrage.

25 March 2019, General Assembly

Remarks for International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade were among history’s most appalling manifestations of human brutality.
On this International Day of Remembrance, we pay homage to the millions of African men, women and children who were denied their humanity and forced to endure abominable cruelty across centuries.
The enslaved peoples from Africa were irrevocably harmed, and in many instances killed, by an institution that should never have existed.
Yet they were far more than victims.

29 March 2019, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on Mali

[Bilingual, as delivered; scroll further down for all-English]

Je vous remercie pour l’opportunité qui m’est donnée de briefer le Conseil. Je souhaite la bienvenue à Son Excellence le Premier Ministre Maïga.
Nous avons tous été horrifiés par la récente recrudescence de la violence dans le centre du Mali, en particulier par le meurtre d’au moins 160 civils le week-end dernier dans le village d’Ogossagou, dans la région de Mopti.

30 March 2019, Tunis

Opening remarks at joint press conference with Libya Quartet members

Shukran. I’d like first of all to express my deep gratitude to Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, for convening this meeting and for his very strong commitment to strengthen the cooperation among our four organizations.

31 March 2019, Tunis

Remarks to the Summit of the League of Arab States

Monsieur le Président, merci infiniment pour l’invitation. Je remercie le peuple tunisien de son hospitalité.
Your Majesties, 
Your Royal Highnesses, 
As salaam alaikum.
I am here to further deepen the relationship between the United Nations, the League of Arab States and the peoples of the Arab world.
North Africa and the Middle East are home to remarkable dynamism and potential. It is a region long-striving to build peace and prosperity. I believe it is vital for this region to assume that destiny.