YORK: The first day of debates at the 74th UN General Assembly is under way at UN headquarters in New York. Follow Arab News’ live coverage below…
15:55 – Next to speak is Egyptian president El-Sisi, who arrived earlier at the UN Headquarters…
15:30 – Donald Trump uses part of his address to urge the world community to stop “subsidizing Iran’s bloodlust” and says all nations have a duty to act on Iran’s aggression in the Middle East. He also reiterates his belief that Iran must not acquire a nuclear weapon, while confirming the US decision to tighten sactions on Iran’s central bank and sovereign wealth fund following attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities.
14:55 – US President Donald Trump has arrived ahead of his address, where he plans to tell the UNGA that the US “does not seek conflict with any other nation” as tensions with Iran rise.
14:30 – The Saudi Arabian delegation among the dignitaries in the audience includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and Saudi ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan.
14:15 – Secretary General Antonio Guterres opens proceedings by outlining the work of the United Nations since last year’s assembly. He spoke about the newly drafted Syrian constitution and called the attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities in the Kingdom “totally unacceptable”
14:00 — Good afternoon. The big names speaking on day one of the debates include US president Donald Trump, UK prime minister Boris Johnson and French president Emmanuel Macron. And from the Middle East – Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan.