19 AUGUST 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Correspondent:  But, Stéphane, the statement has… the agreement has nothing to do with the annexation, completely.  I mean, both Israel and United Arab Emirates retreated from the earlier statement that has to do with annexation.

Spokesman:  Again, I… listen, I will leave the analysts and the journalists to analyse and report on.  What I can tell you is our position remains unchanged, and we see this as an opportunity and hope that the people and the leaders will seize it.  Iftikhar, I think you had a question?

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For information media. Not an official record.