UN chief to meet with US secretary of state

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, listens to a translation during news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Guterres is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss “issues of mutual concern” that will likely include the Middle East peace process and North Korea. (File photo: AP)
Updated 22 June 2018
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UN chief to meet with US secretary of state

UNITED NATIONS: The UN says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss “issues of mutual concern” that will likely include the Middle East peace process and North Korea.
UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says the meeting is scheduled for Saturday in Washington, where Guterres also plans to attend a Portuguese-American event.
The US State Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The meeting comes as Guterres urges the US to rethink plans announced this week to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. Washington calls the council biased against Israel.
Meanwhile, a UN General Assembly committee is meeting Monday about financing the UN agency for Palestinian refugees after a US decision to withhold aid. The US had been the largest donor.


India cancels rare UN meeting with Pakistan

Updated 5 min 18 sec ago
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India cancels rare UN meeting with Pakistan

  • India said Friday it has canceled a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
  • The Indian foreign ministry said the talks were called off after the “latest brutal killings of our security personnel"

NEW DELHI: India said Friday it has canceled a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The Indian foreign ministry said the talks were called off after the “latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism.”
It did not provide further details about the alleged killings.