UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that the US decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the UN political mission in Libya was “a serious mistake”. Washington blocked the proposed appointment of Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007 to 2013, a week ago. It said it was acting to support its ally, Israel. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Guterres said: “I believe that it’s essential for everybody to understand that people serving the UN are serving in their personal capacities. They don’t represent a country or a government”. Guterres said that Fayyad “was the right person in the right place at the right time” Palestinians condemned the decision. US ambassador Nikki Haley announced she was blocking the appointment because “for too long, the UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel”. Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi dismissed the “flimsy excuse” for a move she described as “unconscionable”. “Blocking the appointment of Dr Salam Fayyad is a case of blatant discrimination on the basis of national identity”, she said. Fayyad had been tapped to replace Martin Kobler of Germany, who has been the Libya envoy since November 2015.
Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday the outcome of U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had effectively signaled an end to peaceful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. “After what came out after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, I am not exaggerating if I say that yesterday there was a semi-official announcement of the death of the path of negotiations”, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a live televised speech. Trump on Wednesday dropped a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Washington’s longstanding policy on the Middle East. “For the Israelis, there is no such thing as a Palestinian state” Nasrallah said, adding that the two-state solution was the only thing keeping the door to negotiations open.
Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., has renounced to the appointment as Secretary of Labor, the CEO had been chosen as Secretary of Labor by Trump in December but the confirmation of his appointment had appeared already complicated to same ad, Puzder was the victim of a harsh media campaign, directed at highlighting the flaws of his company and his personal behavior, in fact, has been branded as a sexist, had hired illegal immigrants for years and finally has been accused of mistreatment by his ex-wife, also his appointment was not at all pleasing to the unions having regard to its extremely strong position about robotics in the production.
The resignation of National Security Advisor have brought to light the issue of unclear relationships between the new administration Trump and the Russian government, many Republican lawmakers claim that is made clarity on the subject, not only through the establishment of a bipartisan commission of inquiry but also through in-depth investigation by the Intelligence Agencies. The White House, with the help of the Department of Justice and loyalists of Capitol Hill, trying to ward off this possibility,the supporters of Trump are willing to initiate a parliamentary investigation as long as have lead it will be the existing Parliamentary Commitees led by the GOP. In this sense, the President has renewed yesterday, during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister, his esteem for the former Advisor Michael Flynn that,according to Trump,would be victim of “mistreatment by the media
Gabriel M. Lopez, President and General Director of the Mexican division of Ford, has ensured that the company does not intend to abandon the Mexican market and even stop producing in the country, the testimony is the investment of $ 2.5 billion to open two new production lines in Chihuahua and in Irapuato. López said that the closure of the plant in San Luis Potosi was due to market needs and not to the company’s desire to leave the country, in fact, the Ford in Mexico has 9,000 employees, FOUR production lines and 125 dealers that guarantee a revenue of $ 1.2 billion for year.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated support for Ukraine, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reported from a press conference at the start of the meetings of NATO Defense Ministers Wednesday. He recalled that Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had visited NATO last week where the two officials had a meeting. Stoltenberg added that he had regular meetings with President Poroshenko and other representatives of the Ukrainian leadership. “So we will continue to work, we will continue to provide support, and also many NATO Allies provide support on a bilateral level, so we will continue to support Ukraine” Jens Stoltenberg said.
The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos traveled to a state visit to Ecuador where he met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, on the Santos arrival in Ecuador he publicly thanked for the support given to the peace process in Colombia ensuring that this cooperation “will not be forgotten”. Correa said he hoped that the negotiations between the Colombian government and ELN will be favorable. The two Presidents will sign a series of bilateral agreements, assisted by their respective Foreign Ministers, concerning security and economy
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei slammed the US rhetoric of military action on Iran as a ploy to distract attention from the real war against the Islamic Republic. The real purpose of the military threats is to disturb the Iranian officials concentration on economic progress.“The enemy is trying to ignore the (Iranian) developments and major achievements in the past 38 years (after the Islamic Revolution) and demoralize the people” he have said in Teheran. Describing the ethnic diversity in Iran as a privilege, the Leader said the adversaries seek every opportunity to create rift in Iran but the Iranian nation remains integrated and united in the face of the enemies.
The Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg have said on Wednesday, in Brussels, that the oraganization has started training Iraqi forces in the country as part of the anti-Islamic State coalition efforts against the militant group on the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The training is “in addition to what we do in Jordan, where we also train Iraqi officers” and “Now we have started to train Iraqi officers in Iraq, which is taking place in and around Baghdad. It is a modest start, but it is a scalable activity and of course this is one of the ways that NATO helps and supports the efforts of counter-ISIL coalition” he have said. USA coalition has asked for NATO to become more involved in the ISIS fight in both Iraq and Syria.
Massive controversy and outrage dominated Egypt’s social media outlets on Tuesday following the circulation of statements from a prominent Israeli minister, who claimed on his twitter account that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump will discuss a plan to establish a Palestinian state in Gaza and the Sinai peninsula and not in the West Bank. The Israeli minister Ayoub Kara added that Netanyahu agreed with him regarding the plan and that he will open discussions with Trump on it. In response to the statements from the Israeli minister, former Egyptian foreign affairs minister Mohammed Al-Orabi asserted that these statements are meaningless and have nothing to do with reality.“These statements should not be considered important by the officials in Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as it does not have anything to do with reality and would be refused by Egypt’s authorities and the international community if they were proposed” Al-Orabi said.