Fri 13-10-2017 11:25 AM

UN Secretary-General congratulates Palestinian President on national reconciliation

NEW YORK, 13th October, 2017 (WAM) -- Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, has congratulated President Mahmoud Abbas of the State of Palestine, on the intra-Palestinian agreement, signed earlier Thursday in Cairo.

In a telephone call, Mr. Guterres said he was encouraged by the recent progress in allowing the Palestinian Government to take up its responsibilities in Gaza and welcomed Egypt’s efforts to achieve this goal.

According to the UN website, he emphasised the continuing need to urgently address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, particularly with regard to the electricity crisis, and improved access to and from the territory.

The Secretary-General also reiterated that the UN stands ready to continue working with Palestinian authorities and the region to support the Government in assuming its responsibilities in Gaza.

WAM/Esraa Ismail