The United Nations Human Rights Agency warned about violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law over the past two weeks in the south wester port of al-Mokha. Even if it was impossible for UN Human Rights office field monitors to acces the area, credible reports indicate that civilians were caught in an intolerable situation. Probably 200 houses were damaged or completely destroyed by the airstrikes. The UN also estimates that around 12 million people are facing famine in the country and 3.3 million people are already malnourished.
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.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, met President Donald Trump today at the White House. At the center of the debate, there were trade relations between the two countries but also the signature of a memorandum which foresees the foundation of the United States-Canada Council for the Advancement of women Business Leaders-female Entrepreneurs, an organization that should be addressed to encourage women wishing to start a business venture. Probably the two leaders discussed about the NAFTA, that Trump would change because he believes it’s unfair to both the US and Canada, but neither Trudeau made statements in this regard.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry will conduct over 100 exercises this year, to practice coherence among antiaircraft missile units, in particular, a live fire exercise with Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems will take place in Kherson region. “To ensure coherence among our anti-aircraft missile units, we are planning to conduct around 50 tactical exercises with command staffs of brigades, regiments and core units, almost 25 tactical exercises with Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile batteries and around 35 tactical-specific exercises with logistic units”, Hutsuliak said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.
There is a looming state of emergency in Ukraine’s energy sector, as anthracite stocks in the warehouses of Ukrainian thermal power plants are enough for 40 days of work, according to the operator of the Ukrainian power grids, state-run national energy company Ukrenergo. The introduction of the state of emergency in the energy sector foresees that the power grids will operate with minimum workload of thermal power plants, which consume anthracite coal, being a deficit type of coal after the war in Donbass, a major supplier, broke out.
Luis Emilio Rondon, Rector of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, during an interview with the TV news of Venevisión said that there is no constitutional neither formal impediment for the convening of regional elections, any delay should be to undermine the fundamental right of Venezuelans to choose their local representatives. Rondon added that the problem of the legitimacy of political parties at national level can not and should not influence the regional elections, also the same National Electoral Council had promised, at the end of 2016, that in the first half of 2017 would be held the regional elections in the Departments whose mandates have expired, the time to keep the promise there, but according to the Rector it’s necessary that the NEC will accelerate the times and establish a clear program.
The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and the Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, met in Chacabuco for the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the battle of homonymous. The two presidents, together with their Minister for Foreign Affairs agreed on the need to strengthen relations between the countries of South America without failing the “convergence in diversity” principle, this means strengthening the economic integration with MERCOSUR and the political with the Pacific Alliance, also presidents both agree on the need to fight the political populism and xenophobia, this to highlight the difference of views between South America and the new US administration.
Turkish ambassador Yunus Demirer talking about the visit to the Kingdom of turkish President Erdogan, told the source that “the visit comes at a significant time and context”. Saudi Arabia and Turkey share same views on regional issues such as Yemen, Syria, Iraq and terrorism and for that reason their cooperation is very important to guarantee the stability in the region. Turkey ambassador also said that Gulf region is a priority in their external relations and he also added that Saudi Vision 2030 is an excellent opportunity for the future of bilateral economic relations.
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.