The President of the Government meets with the Secretary General of the United Nations and warns that Russia’s actions “are a threat to the world as a whole”
For the first time in three years, the UN General Assembly brings together world leaders this week in person. Many, including the host, Joe Biden, will not be able to inaugurate it due to the unexpected scheduling conflict presented by the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, but in the case of Spain, the monarchs Felipe VI and Queen Letizia released the president of the government, who could well landing yesterday in New York.
Pedro Sánchez’s first meeting in the Big Apple was with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, with whom he has teamed up to seek a response to the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. Guterres is dedicated to facilitating the departure of the merchant ships that distribute the merchandise from the breadbasket of Europe to the most needy countries that live on the charity of the UN. That is why he has seen favorably and has promoted the Spanish initiative to hold a Global Summit on Food Security, parallel to the high-level summit of the General Assembly, which begins today.
Sánchez will co-chair the summit together with the US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, the co-president of the European Council Charles Michel, the former German chancellor Olaf Scholz, and the Italian, Gustavo Preto. The crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine will be the axis of this Assembly, to which Vladimir Putin does not plan to attend but Zelensky does.
The Prime Minister reviewed the situation of the war and its consequences, among which he agreed with the UN Secretary General that the less favored countries that did not have adequate means to deal with the pandemic are the ones that will suffer the most from the consequences. It will be like a double whammy after covid, which will not allow them to raise their heads if the world does not take advantage of the opportunity presented this week in New York.
Sánchez’s first day in the Big Apple included a bilateral meeting with the Palestinian leader, a meeting outside the agenda closed at the last minute. The Palestinian president conveyed his frustration at the lack of progress in the peace process in his region, where negotiations have been frozen.
It was the warm-up for the intense day that awaits him today, when he will hold bilateral talks with Iraq, Niger, Pakistan and Bolivia.
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