Middle East

World has 'every interest' in better managed migration – senior UN official

The world has every interest in managing migration better, given the expanding global population and the huge increase in people on the move.

Syrian parties should join next round of Geneva talks ‘without preconditions’ – UN envoy

The United Nations is set to convene the next round of the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva by the end of October or in early November, the UN mediator told the Security Council today.

UN chief welcomes Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift ban on women drivers

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the decision by Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive cars in the country.

Hanging of 42 prisoners in Iraq raises concern over flawed due process – UN rights chief

The mass hanging of 42 prisoners on Sunday in a prison in southern Iraq raises massive concerns over the country's use of the death penalty, the UN human rights chief said Wednesday.

UN envoy condemns killing of Israeli security personnel by Palestinian in West Bank

The United Nations envoy for the Israel-Palestine peace efforts has condemned today's fatal shooting attack by a Palestinian perpetrator against Israeli security personnel in the West Bank, deploring that such an incident undermines the prospect of a peaceful future for both sides.

UN chief voices concern over ‘potentially destabilizing effects’ of Kurdish referendum

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres voiced concern about the “potentially destabilizing effects” of today’s referendum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Ongoing settlement activities undermining Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, warns UN envoy

Continuing settlement expansion, most notably in occupied East Jerusalem, is making the two-State solution increasingly unattainable and undermining Palestinian belief in the international peace efforts, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

At UN Assembly, Iraq outlines vision for post-conflict reconstruction

Iraq is an independent sovereign federal State following democratic processes which have enabled all its people to participate in society, said the country’s top foreign affairs official at the United Nations General Assembly, expressing opposition to a referendum planned by the regional government of Kurdistan.

At UN Assembly, Saudi Arabia pledges to press ahead in combat against terrorism, extremism

The threat of terrorism is among the most serious challenges facing the international community, Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, told the United Nations General Assembly today, stressing that his country would continue to work to counter the scourge, as well as extremism, in all forms and manifestations.

In General Assembly address, Bahrain calls for strong, stable Middle East

Bahrain reiterated its support for a strong Middle East in its United Nations General Assembly address, underscoring the need for strong and common political will to guarantee positive relations with other countries, support for the principles of non-interference in others internal affairs, and reaffirmation of the fight against terrorism and its sponsors.