United Nations, June 14: Global problems require global solutions that rely on “essential” partnerships, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has told the Security Council, stating that “our cooperation with the League of Arab States is pivotal”.
“Our two organisations share a common mission: to prevent conflict, resolve disputes and act in a spirit of solidarity and unity”, he told the meeting on cooperation between the Council and the League (LAS) on Thursday.
“We work together to expand economic opportunity, advance respect for all human rights and build political inclusion”, he added.
Responding to rising tensions in the Gulf, Mr Guterres noted “with deep concern” the latest attack on oil tankers in the busy Strait of Hormuz on Thursday. “I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels”, he stressed. “Facts must be established, and responsibilities clarified”.
Dozens of crew members were rescued from two oil tankers hit by explosions, following on from attacks against four tankers which were hit off the coast of the United Arab Emirates a month ago. (UNI)