UN envoy to Yemen 'does not intend' to continue in post past February

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will not continue in his post beyond the February expiration of his term. (REUTERS)
Updated 22 January 2018
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UN envoy to Yemen 'does not intend' to continue in post past February

UNITED NATIONS: UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that he does not intend to continue in his post after his term expires in February, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed expressed his sincere gratitude to the Secretary-General for his strong and resolute support for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, reaffirming his continued interaction with the Yemeni people, which has been facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.
"In this moment, his thoughts go first to the Yemeni people who are worn out by this conflict and are enduring one of the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the world," Dujarric said.
Ould Cheikh Ahmed also stressed that he will "remain committed" to seeking an end to the violence in Yemen and finding a political solution to its crisis that meets the "legitimate aspirations" of the Yemeni people through diplomatic efforts until his replacement takes over.

 


Man detained in Lebanon on suspicion of entering from Israel

Updated 15 min 17 sec ago
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Man detained in Lebanon on suspicion of entering from Israel

  • State-run National News Agency said the man who was detained is a US citizen adding that he was detained in the southern port-city of Tyre
  • Suspicion about someone crossing the tightly guarded border known as the Blue Line began to surface on Tuesday

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s army intelligence have detained a man on suspicion that he crossed into Lebanon from Israel, a military official said Thursday. The country’s state news agency said the detainee is a US citizen.
Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and each bans its citizens from visiting the other country. There are no border crossings at the tightly-controlled frontier.
The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity in line with regulations, gave no further details saying the man is being questioned and once they have information the army will release a statement.
State-run National News Agency said the man who was detained is a US citizen adding that he was detained in the southern port-city of Tyre where he had been staying since Tuesday. It added that the man is being questioned under the supervision of judicial authorities.
There was no immediate comment from the US embassy in Lebanon.
Suspicion about someone crossing the tightly guarded border known as the Blue Line began to surface on Tuesday.
The Israeli military said: “Israeli army troops identified a break in the fence and signs that point to the suspicion of a person crossing the border from Israel into Lebanon. The incident is under investigation.”