Trump pressures Iran … Macron hopeful

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during their meeting on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

NEW YORK, Sept 24, (Agencies): World leaders gathered in New York on Tuesday for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, with His Highness Kuwait’s Prime Minister and His Highness the Amir’s representative Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al- Hamad Al-Sabah in attendance.

As he convened the talks, UN chief Antonio Guterres spoke of how a new political transition in Sudan and a peace deal in the Central African Republic offer a glimmer of hope over a possible end to Syria’s eight-year long civil war, “in line with UN Resolution 2254.”

Conflicts in many parts of the world remain unabated while the scourge of terrorism has only grown with the passing of time, he lamented, in addition to the continuous “violations of UN resolutions,” Guterres added.

He mentioned deadlocks in other nations plagued by violence such as Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan, while the prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict looks increasingly unlikely. Unrest has also spilled over into the Gulf region, the UN secretary general pointed out, saying recent attacks in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry claimed by Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi movement could spark an armed conflict.

Guterres called for maximum restraint given the alarming situation at hand, hoping that cooler heads would ultimately prevail to ensure a future void of conflict where nations can peacefully coexist, he emphasized.

On the situation in the Korean Peninsula, he said uncertainty continues to loom, expressing his unbridled support for a new summit involving US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump on Tuesday denounced Iran’s “blood lust” and called on other nations to join the United States to pressure Iran after attacks on Saudi oil facilities but said there is a path to peace. “We want partners, not adversaries,” Trump said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly annual gathering of world leaders.

In his third annual appearance at the United Nations, Trump offered a more subdued tone compared to the bombast of his previous speeches to the UN in 2017 and 2018, looking to convey a more reassuring presence as he asks Americans for a second term next year despite a fresh push for his impeachment among some Democrats.

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