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UN expresses hope ‘new opportunities’ will arise from Sudan’s recognition of Israel
on October 24, 2020 at 4:08 pm
The UN chief on Saturday said he was taking note of the announcement that Sudan has agreed to normalize relations with Israel, expressing hope that further cooperation will advance international peace and prosperity.
‘Work in unison’ to promote peace and security in the Persian Gulf region – UN chief
on October 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm
Given the complex and multifaceted challenges in the Persian Gulf region, the UN chief told the Security Council on Tuesday that it is important to reflect more deeply on how everyone, particularly the Council itself, can “work in unison to promote peace and security”.
Yemen: Combatants ‘have to find strength’ to end fighting, says UN humanitarian official
on October 18, 2020 at 11:49 am
Parties to the conflict in Yemen must do more to protect civilians, a senior UN humanitarian official there has said, as the number of civilian deaths has witnessed a sharp rise over the last few weeks in the war-ravaged country.
Syria: Humanitarians ‘very concerned’ for thousands still living in Al Hol camp
on October 16, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Humanitarians are “very concerned” about the plight of more than 64,000 people living in the restive Al Hol camp in northeast Syria, the UN Spokesperson told journalists on Friday.
An ‘airlift of hope’ in Yemen, UN envoy tells Security Council
on October 15, 2020 at 7:49 pm
An “airlift of hope” agreed by Yemen’s warring parties to return more than 1,000 detainees to their families has been welcomed by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths, who has urged both sides to agree to further peace-building measures.
Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals
on October 15, 2020 at 4:13 pm
The repatriation of 18 Yemeni nationals previously held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, should be halted, as their lives could be in danger, UN-appointed human rights experts said on Thursday.
Talks begin to resolve disputed Lebanon-Israel maritime border
on October 14, 2020 at 6:20 pm
The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the launch of ground-breaking discussions on Wednesday, over the disputed maritime border between Lebanon and Israel in the eastern Mediterranean, following a framework agreement between the two nations at the beginning of the month.
New agreement in Iraq signals ‘a first and important step’ toward a better future
on October 9, 2020 at 9:13 pm
An agreement between Iraq’s Federal and the Kurdish Regional governments on Friday paves the way for reconstruction in the north of the country, in what the UN has called “a first and important step in the right direction”.
To UN, Israeli Prime Minister says ‘no doubt’ more Arab countries will soon join ‘circle of peace’
on September 29, 2020 at 8:24 pm
While telling the UN General Assembly on Tuesday there was “good news” to report about the “expanding circle of peace” between Israel and some Arab countries, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also accused Hezbollah militants of storing weapons in a residential area of Beirut.
UAE expresses hopes for Middle East peace talks following ‘historic’ accord with Israel
on September 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm
The historic agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should boost efforts towards achieving regional peace and a brighter future for generations to come, the UAE’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.
Yemen’s warring parties agree to free more than 1,000 prisoners
on September 27, 2020 at 3:24 pm
At the end of a week-long meeting in Switzerland, the parties to the conflict in Yemen reached what the UN envoy there called “a very important milestone”, in agreeing to release a first group of detainees.
New ‘COVID-19 reality’ should compel some to put aside narrow interests and seek multilateral solutions, Syrian Minister says
on September 27, 2020 at 12:07 am
As some States continue to pursue their own narrow agendas above all else, the world is straying further from the principles that underpin international norms and the work of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Syria told the high-level General Assembly plenary on Saturday.
How long must we wait for a just solution, Palestinian President Abbas asks world leaders
on September 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm
The President of the State of Palestine addressed, via a pre-recorded video, the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, highlighting the suffering of his people and the misery they experience every day “while the world stands by watching.”
At UN Assembly, King Hamad affirms Bahrain’s commitment for a just peace in Middle East
on September 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Bahrain’s establishment of relations with Israel is a “civilized message”, affirming the country’s commitment for a just and comprehensive peace for all peoples in the region, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.
At UN Assembly, Lebanese leader appeals for help to rebuild after Beirut explosion
on September 23, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Lebanon will need support from the international community to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating explosion in the port of its capital, Beirut, the country’s President told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.