Middle East

UN official urges sustained pressure on parties to Syria conflict to ensure aid access

With winter fast approaching and the conflict in Syria showing no signs of abating, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called for sustained pressure on the parties to ensure access to those in need of assistance as well as financial support to maintain vital aid operations.

In speech to UN Assembly, Yemen’s Minister highlights political transition, urges ongoing support

With Yemen pressing ahead after coming through a complex, United Nations-assisted transition, the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jamal Abdullah Al-Sallal, told the General Assembly today that continued international support would be needed, including a “strong call” from the UN Security Council against those seeking to undermine the political process.

In Assembly speech, Israel’s Netanyahu warns against ‘militant Islam’; denounces UN rights council

From the podium of the General Assembly today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world of the grave threat he said it faced from militant Islam’s desire to dominate the planet, be they Sunni extremists or Iran, defended Israel’s Gaza campaign as moral, and dubbed the United Nations Human Rights Council the “terrorist rights council.”

Victims of ISIL brutality 'waiting on us to act', Syrian leader tells UN Assembly

As the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants began carrying their slaughter in the Middle East, “they might have surprised many of the countries present here, but not…us,” the Deputy Prime Minister of Syria told the United Nations General Assembly, underscoring today that the time has come for the world to stand united and tackle the threat head-on.

Bahrain minister focuses UN Assembly address on terrorism, illegal occupation

The accelerated emergence of terrorism groups, political expansionism and the illegal occupation of other States’ territories are hindering sustainable development and require the international community to work together, the Foreign Minister of Bahrain today told the United Nations General Assembly.

Not a single child untouched by recent Gaza conflict, says UN rights expert

There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in Gaza, where children suffer from bedwetting, difficulties in sleeping, nightmares, a loss of appetite, and display more aggressive behaviour at school, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

United Arab Emirates, at UN, urges global action against groups sowing terror in name of Islam

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan denounced terrorist groups in the region who falsely wave the banner of Islam and called for concerted international action to defeat them.

'No other option but to defeat ISIL, all terrorists, everywhere,' Iraqi leader tells UN

While the Iraqi people were determined to defend their land of against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – “an infamous group that has taken terror to a new era and a new level” – the country's President appealed to United Nations Member States today for support, protection and relief, so that Iraq may rid itself and the world of the grave danger ISIL posed.

Amid regional crises, UN chief urges continued international support for Lebanon

One year after its inaugural meeting, the International Support Group for Lebanon continues to channel the global community’s concern for the stability of the Middle Eastern country, particularly as crises continue to engulf the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Crimes in Syria, Iraq cannot be accepted by any religion, Lebanon’s leader tells UN

Taking to the General Assembly podium today, President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon, Tammam Salam, said that his country finds itself in the middle of a turbulent region and that the events unfolding in Syria and Iraq represent human crimes which “cannot be understood nor accepted by any mind or religion.”