At the UN General Assembly: Iran, Syria, Israel and Palestine

At the UN General Assembly: Iran, Syria, Israel and Palestine

Yesterday I wrote about my week at the UN General Assembly in New York. Today I’d like to say more about the work done to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, to restart peace negotiations for Syria, and to keep alive and relaunch the two-State solution for Israel and Palestine.

Saving Iran deal, for our common security

In New York I gathered the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, to take note once again that Iran is respecting its commitments, as certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Together we are working on a mechanism that would let our firms continue working in Iran. I talked about it at the press conference after our meeting (here), with Fareed Zakaria at the Bloomberg Global Forum, and with Christiane Amanpour on CNN. The deal with Iran is working, and multilateral negotiations are a necessary path also to solve the Korean issue: this is what I said at the meeting on the nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

Our contribution to help restart the Syria talks in Geneva

The war in Syria can only end with an agreement among Syrians, negotiated in the framework provided by the United Nations. In New York we worked to give new impetus to the talks led by Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy, and Staffan was our guest at the European Union’s Foreign Ministers meeting – I talked about it with journalists, here. Then we gathered ministers from over fifty countries – from the United States to Russia, from Turkey and Iran to the Arab world – to discuss how to support the UN work. And to announce a new conference in Brussels, next March, to accompany the negotiations and give voice to the Syrian civil society. Here is my speech.

Keep the Oslo dream alive 

I has been exactly 25 years since the Oslo accords, for the creation of two States in Israel and Palestine. But today, that dream is being dismantled piece by piece. In New York we achieved two important goals: we mobilised extraordinary resources to save the UN Agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, so that half a million Palestinian children can still go to school; and we confirmed that the only realistic solution is the two-State solution, at the meeting of international donors for Palestine (the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee). Here is what I told journalists after these two meetings.