Al Arabiya’s Talal al-Haj had an interview with the UN Deputy Secretary General, Amina J. Mohammed, who has praised to entire international community to bring a significative help and support to solve the biggest humanitarian crisis in the Middle-Area. Indeed, apart from Syria, Libya and Iraq, in Yemen, as the General Secretary of UN reported, Antonio Guteress “we are witnessing the starving and clipping of an entire generation”. The UN Deputy General Secretary has reminded all States in the international community to give their supports, as they should have done during the Yemen Aid Conference. In addition to this dramatic situation, yemeni people have concluded their “march for bread”, which lasted the entire week, starting from Sana’a Capital to Hudaydah Port, in order to make declare this port as humanitarian area and to allow supplies and aid assistances to be able at arriving and being spread out to needy people.
Iraq’s Kurdistan region, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil on Thursday to meet with senior Kurdish officials. “A referendum will be held in the near future”, on the Kurdistan Region’s independence, Barzani said during meeting with Guterres as cited by KDP media. There is good military and security cooperation between Peshmerga and Iraqi forces which resulted in huge victories”, he added. Guterres reportedly expressed the U.N.’s support for the Kurdistan Region and Iraq to restore peace to areas IS from where IS was expelled. Guterres said the international community “has not done enough” to help the Kurdistan Region in sheltering internally displaced people.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) condemned the UN for revoking a report accusing Israel of imposing an apartheid regime on Palestinians. “Instead of succumbing to political blackmail or allowing itself to be censured or intimidated by external parties, the UN should condemn the acts described in the report and hold Israel responsible”, said PLO Executive Committee member HananAshrawi on Saturday. She also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take real conscience of the situation, including the precedent cases of human rights and international law’s violations.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry called on the United Nations and UN Security Council (UNSC) to force Turkey to end its military invasion of the Northern part of the country and attacks on its civilians. The Syrian ministry in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UNSC criticized repeated violation of Syria’s sovereignty. Damascus underlined that Turkey’s invasion and attacks on civilians in the Northern part of the country are in line with open enmity of Ankara against Syria in the last five years, pointing out Turkey’s military, financial and logistic supports for terrorist groups in Syria. The ministry went on to say that the Syrian government calls another time on the UNSC to shoulder it responsibility to maintain international peace and security and force Ankara to halt its attacks against Syria’s nation.
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.
During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Germany, the Foreign Minister Zarif and UN Secretary General Guterres discussed international and regional issues, including the situation in Yemen, Syria and Iraq and the grave conditions of Rohingya Muslims in Mynamar.The Iranian foreign minister called for the United Nations’ more active presence in resolution of these crises. He also voiced Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with the UN and its secretary general’s efforts. Zarif further invited the UN chief to pay a visit to Iran
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated there is no alternative solution to the two-state solution in resolving the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. Guterres statement came during a joint press conference with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo. Guterres met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi Wednesday to discuss regional developments and cooperation between Egypt and the United Nations. On regional issues, the UN chief underlined the importance of carrying on with the Geneva track on ending the Syrian crisis, as well as providing a suitable atmosphere for reaching national reconciliation in Libya.
Concerning what Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir and UN Secretary General Guterres said in a press conference, Yemeni Foreign Minister Sharaf said is a lie and an attempt to mislead the media. This misleading media campaign was founded by Riyadh leadership in order to deceive the Arab and world public opinion. The intent is to show Saudi Arabia as a key to the peace of the region. Sharaf also underlined the Saudi responsability of killing more than ten thousand Yemeni people and destroying the infrastructures that damages the yemeni economy.
During a joint press conference in Riyadh with Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir, UN Secretary-General Guterres expressed his full support to UN evnvoy to Yemen Cheikh Ahmed. He also underlined the key role of the Kingdom in guarantee the stability of the region and fight terrorism.
UN chief met Deputy premier and Minister of Interior ,who praised UN efforts to achieve global peace and stability, and Minister of Defense, who discussed latest developments in Middle East (in particular in Syria and Yemen).
Al-Jubeir talked also about the situation in Yemen and the good relations between the Kingdom and the US.
On monday U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he believed former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad was the right person to be the world body’s envoy to Libya after the United States raised objections to the choice. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has expressed disappointment over Guterres’s choice, saying the United Nations had for too long been “unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel”. “It is a loss for the Libyan peace process and for the Libyan people that I am not able to appoint him” Guterres said at the World Government Summit in Dubai. “I do not think there is any valid reason to avoid someone who is very competent to do a job that is extremely important” he said, adding that ending the Libyan conflict was in “everybody’s interest.” It is unclear whether the U.S. objection has ended Fayyad’s candidacy. Guterres declined to answer questions when approached by Reuters immediately after his comments. Guterres dismissed the accusation that the United Nations is biased on Israeli-Palestinian issues and said the body’s only loyalty was to its charter.