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UN Middle East envoy urges sides to engage ‘before it is too late’

New York: Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and their international partners, must urgently resume peace efforts “before it is too late”, UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov told the Security Council on Tuesday, echoing the Secretary-General.

Trump discusses G20 work, Middle East situation with Saudi King - Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has held telephone talks with US President Donald Trump, discussing the work of the G20, the global fight against the coronavirus and the situation in the Middle East, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports.

Israel’s accord with United Arab Emirates an opportunity to unlock progress on wider Middle East peace efforts, UN envoy says

New York: The recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has the potential to change dynamics across the Middle East, the UN’s top envoy in the region told the Security Council on Tuesday, urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to re-engage in efforts to resolve their protracted conflict.

Donald Trump announces 'Historic Peace Agreement' between Israel and UAE

Washington/IBNS: US President Donald Trump on Thursday made a surprise announcement stating that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had reached a peace agreement which would pave the way for truce in the Middle East.

US Middle East peace plan ‘lopsided’, says independent UN rights expert

New York/IBNS: A United States plan released this week to resolve the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is “lopsided” and will only entrench occupation, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday.

‘Negative developments’ undermining two-State solution in Middle East

New York/IBNS: Recent heightened tensions in the Middle East underscore the critical need for dialogue and diplomacy in the region, the UN’s Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

S Korea FM, US State Secretary Discuss N Korea, Middle East

Seoul/Sputnik/UNI: South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the situation in the Middle East and the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

UK foreign office advises against all travel to Iran amid escalation of tensions

Moscow/Sputnik:  The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised on Friday to the country’s citizens to refrain from any kind of trips to Iran amid the escalated tensions in the Middle East.

At UN, Middle East countries discuss steps towards regional nuclear-free zone

New York/IBNS: Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

‘Complete political deadlock’ over Middle East peace risks more violence, regional escalation, warns UN envoy

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Tangible steps “can, and must, be taken” to urgently reverse the “negative trajectory” of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and revive the peace process, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Tuesday. 

Persistent threat of war erodes prospects for Middle East peace, Security Council told

New York, June 21 (IBNS): Developments in the Middle East cannot be divorced from Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory and settlement-building, or Hamas’ hold over Gaza and its militant activity, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council on Thursday, warning that these actions “collectively erode the prospects of a two-State solution”.  

Pope Francis asks people to pray for Peace in Holy Land, Middle East on Palm Sunday

Vatican City, Apr 14 (Sputnik) Pope Francis has called on the crowd that gathered at the St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City on Palm Sunday to pray for peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East.

‘Provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric’ destabilizing Middle East, warns top UN official

New York, Mar 27 (IBNS): Against a backdrop of rising tensions in Israel and Palestine, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, painted a bleak picture once again in the Security Council on Tuesday, cataloguing further terrorist acts, attacks against civilians, reprisals against demonstrators, unlawful demolitions and settlement expansions, and a funding crisis which could have dramatic consequences for the stability of an already volatile region.

UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests

New York, Mar 18 (IBNS): The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic situation there.

If any side fails, every side fails – UN envoy for Middle East Peace Process

New York, Nov 20 (IBNS): A senior United Nations official has called on the global community to remain committed to the two-state solution in the Middle East peace process, urging efforts to establish an environment conducive to the return of negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.