UN / COVENEY MIDDLE EAST

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"We need the full support of the Arab League" in efforts to find "a political solution in both Syria and Yemen," as well as in dealing with other crisis in Middle East, the Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters before chairing an informal interactive dialogue between the UN Security Council and the League of Arab States. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, national flags and UN flag at the UN Headquarters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland:
The very fact that this meeting happening in the busiest diplomatic week of the year, clearly shows considerable political investment in the relationship. Faced with a range of regional crises, our meeting today is a testament to our resolve our resolute commitment to address them all. A resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict has been a shared objective of the Council and the League for decades. It remains frustratingly out of reach. Last May's violence took a horrific human toll. This was a wake up call, yet again. It must spur us to positive action. Together this Council and the League should redouble its efforts towards a negotiated two state solution. That ends the occupation and allows both Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace and security. In Yemen, and in Syria war rages on, with no end in sight. Syrian and Yemeni people are united by the unimaginable hardship and suffering, which they endure in their respective conflicts. At the Security Council, we work tirelessly to support life saving interventions by humanitarian actors as well as efforts to find a political solution in both Syria and Yemen. Not easy, but they need to remain a priority. We need the full support of the Arab League in this endeavor to be successful."
3. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defense of Ireland:
"I'm proud of the contribution of Ireland's defence forces to UNIFIL since 1978 and through UNIFIL to the stability of Lebanon as a whole. That stability is now fragile. Implementation of reform should be an urgent focus of the new government. Now more than ever, the people of Lebanon require our solidarity and commitment as they confront the challenges facing them."
5. Exterior shot, national flags and UN flag at the UN Headquarters

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"We need the full support of the Arab League" in efforts to find "a political solution in both Syria and Yemen," as well as in dealing with other crisis in Middle East, the Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told reporters before chairing an informal interactive dialogue between the UN Security Council and the League of Arab States.

Held at the sidelines of the United Nations General Debate, the informal interactive dialogue with the Leage is a part of Council's efforts to improve and enhance its cooperation with regional and sub-regional organisations.

"The very fact that this meeting happening in the busiest diplomatic week of the year, clearly shows considerable political investment in the relationship," Coveney said. "Faced with a range of regional crises, our meeting today is a testament to our resolve our resolute commitment to address them all."

On the top of the agenda is a resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, "a shared objective of the Council and the League for decades," which "remains frustratingly out of reach," according to the Irish Foreign Minister.

"Last May's violence took a horrific human toll," Coveney said. "This was a wake up call, yet again. It must spur us to positive action together this council and the league should redouble its efforts towards a negotiated two state solution that ends the occupation and allows both Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in peace and security."

Among other issues are the wars in Yemen, said Coveney. "Syrian and Yemeni people are united by the unimaginable hardship and suffering, which they endure in their respective conflicts," he said.

On Lebanon, the Minister also said he is "proud of the contribution of Ireland's defence forces to UNIFIL since 1978 and through UNIFIL to the stability of Lebanon as a whole."

"That stability is now fragile," he said. "Implementation of reform should be an urgent focus of the new government. Now more than ever, the people of Lebanon require our solidarity and commitment as they confront the challenges facing them."
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