UN chief ‘deeply regrets’ US blocking his Palestinian pick
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UN chief ‘deeply regrets’ US blocking his Palestinian pick

Antonio Guterres says former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad was right for the job of Libya envoy

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during a press conference in Istanbul, February 10, 2017. (AFP/OZAN KOSE)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during a press conference in Istanbul, February 10, 2017. (AFP/OZAN KOSE)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The secretary-general of the United Nations said he “deeply regrets” the United States’ decision to block a former Palestinian prime minister from leading the world body’s political mission in Libya.

Antonio Guterres said that Salam Fayyad was “the right person for the right job at the right moment.”

Guterres said: “I think it is a loss for the Libyan peace process and the Libyan people I’m not able to appoint him.”

Libya has been gripped by war and unrest since its 2011 revolution and the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.

Former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad in June 2011 (AP/Majdi Mohammed)
Former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad in June 2011 (AP/Majdi Mohammed)

The US blocked Fayyad’s appointment Friday, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel.

The UN chief declined to directly criticize the US or President Donald Trump in his remarks Monday at the annual World Government Summit in Dubai.

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