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.


Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

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Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

  • Meng Hongwei was also China's vice president of public security
  • Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday

DUBAI: Interpol member-states are gathering in Dubai to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China.
Meng Hongwei— who was China’s vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party insider with decades of experience in China’s security apparatus was detained as part of a wider anti-corruption sweep.
Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday, when member-states will vote on a new president for the coming year.
Interpol member-states will also be deciding whether to accept Kosovo as a full member, which would allow officials there to file red notices of arrest for Serbian officials that Kosovo considers war criminals.