Intense days here in New York, for the United Nations General Assembly. Today I took part in the Security Council event, organised by the Russian Federation, on maintaining international peace and security. The focus was on the many crises in the Middle East and North Africa. I believe it is time for the international community to put aside the differences of the past. And this is how I started my speech:
Today we are here to discuss two top priorities: the political solution of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa; and the fight against terrorist groups such as Da’esh and al-Qaeda’s affiliates. For too long these two priorities have been perceived as conflicting goals. For too long we discussed whether to prioritise the political processes or the fight against Da’esh. These divisions weakened our action. They weakened the international community. I believe we are now ready to move on. We are now ready to accept that these two goals can only go hand in hand.
Here is the video, starting at 2:12:29.