Henry Kissinger offered his vision for the forthcoming Geneva conference for peace, saying first and foremost, the conference must begin

Dr.Bouthaina Shaaban

Kissinger in Damascus.. GENEX conference..
Henry Kissinger offered his vision for the forthcoming Geneva conference for peace, saying first and foremost, the conference must begin, not because it will be solemn celebration, or because the opening would lead to any outcome, but the real goal of a conference #Peace is the introduction of the ′′ landscape ′′ and the legal framework within which the peace process can continue. Once we start there will be no turning back. During the performance of the inaugural session ceremony, the Conference will be divided into two stages.


In the first phase, the United States of America seeks to persuade Israelis one way or another to withdraw somewhere from the occupied Arab territories, thus achieving separation of forces. He pointed out that this would be difficult because Israel, throughout its history, has never backed down. If he can guarantee such a #withdrawal, that would be a great step, which would create a significant positive change in the psychological situation in the region, but Kissinger asserts that this withdrawal does not necessitate commitment to the decision ‘precise interpretations’ #Council United Nations Security Nos. 242 and 338, and judges for total withdrawal from all the occupied Arab territories. On the #Egyptian Front, Kissinger suggested an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank of the Suez Canal. He referred to the possibility of applying the same principle primarily on the Syrian side, saying: ′′ It is necessary to withdraw from Syrian territory in the first phase “.
Kissinger added that after reaching the above, negotiations could be moved to the next stage. The _ lion stayed reclined, silently listening without saying a word, waiting for Kissinger to finish his thoughtful theater scene with clear care. The US Secretary of State drew attention to the fact that such withdrawal would be more difficult to achieve on the Syrian Front than the Egyptian Front, because the Israelis ′′ really hate Syrians “.
The reason why the call for #conference was designed is so much headache for Americans in the past weeks, because #Israel refused to attend any meeting if the call message includes any indication of Palestinian representation. Kissinger discusses with Sadat Egypt’s president two solutions on the message, one of them stipulated that the call for ′′ participation of other parties ′′ in the first stage of the conference, and the second that the complicated message should be summarized to become a simple invitation to attend the conference without mentioning anyone from Participants including Palestinians.
Sadat in turn approved both formulas, provided #Damascus approval also. Kissinger Assad stated that Israel was eager to activate a #diplomatic fight and would gladly seek to thwart the conference because of the invitation letter. In addition to the Israeli s’ apathy towards such a conference that could lead them to serious concessions, they welcome any excuse for absenteeism. For six years, Israel has claimed the desire to negotiate with full knowledge that #Arabs will refuse.
Follow Kissinger complaining, but now that situations have changed, Israel is forced to move from words to actions, which has not been easy for #GoldenMair. Kissinger Assad appealed to agree to postpone the opening of the conference from 18 December to 21, to give him time to solve the dilemma of advocacy with the Israeli government.
Here Assad spoke, violating Kissinger’s obsession and talking about conference techniques and procedures, by saying:
′′ Our full stance on the peace conference depends on our conversation ′′
Today “.
From the book of the edge of the abyss ′′ Homeland Document ′′
Historic narrative of #Hafez _ Assad and Henry Kissinger’s discussions
Dr. #Bathina _ Shaaban, Special Adviser to the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for bold action to overcome the devastation in 2020 resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, insufficient ambition to fight climate change

UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls for a global reset in 2021

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for bold action to overcome the devastation in 2020 resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, insufficient ambition to fight climate change, growing inequality and to ensure inclusive recovery from the current economic crisis.

In his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly on 28 January, Guterres described a world in danger and warned of the consequences of the failure to work together.

“2020 was a global annus horribilis – a year of death, disaster and despair,” the Secretary-General said in his dark assessment of the past year during which 2 million people died globally from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past year “brought us tragedy and peril. 2021 must be the year to change gear and put the world on track. We need to move from death to health; from disaster to reconstruction; from despair to hope; from business as usual to transformation,” Guterres told representatives of the Member States of the UN General Assembly.

The Secretary-General outlined ten priorities needed to provide hope and possibilities for people around the world, starting with ensuring access to equitable, affordable vaccines and secondly insisting on the need for an inclusive and sustainable recovery.

“Vaccines are the first great moral test before us,’’ Guterres said. “Science is succeeding but solidarity is failing,” he said, calling for six specific steps including prioritizing health and those most at risk and scaling up manufacturing of vaccines.

Guterres stressed that massive investments in universal health coverage, mental health care, social protection and decent work among others were needed. He also called for debt relief and insisted that recovery must start now. The world cannot heal from the virus if economies are on life support, he noted.

The Secretary-General’s eight other priorities include tacking climate change and biodiversity loss by making peace with nature, overcoming growing inequality, reversing assaults on human rights, combatting gender inequality, healing geopolitical risks, reversing the erosion of nuclear disarmament and the nuclear non-proliferation, seizing the opportunities of digital technologies while protecting against their growing dangers and finally a “reset for the 21st century.”

With concern over climate change at the top of the agenda, Guterres has put achieving a global coalition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the top of his objectives ahead of COP26 in Glasgow later this year. He is also urging countries to forge ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions and a breakthrough on adaptation to climate change.

The Secretary-General told the General Assembly that more inclusive and more networked multilateralism were essential to overcome global challengers as well as a New Global Deal “among countries to ensure that power, benefits and opportunities are shared more broadly and fairly.”

first meeting between Assad and Kissinger was held in Damascus. A black Mercedes Kissinger, accompanied by a military procession, was taken to the gates of the Rawdah Palace

Dr.Bouthaina Shaaban


Kissingerin Damascus. First meeting..
At 15 pm Damascus time on 15 December 1973, the first meeting between Assad and Kissinger was held in Damascus. A black Mercedes Kissinger, accompanied by a military procession, was taken to the gates of the Rawdah Palace, which was a hotel and turned into a very modest presidential headquarters. Even the word palace did not fully apply to where the lion worked since he took over in 1971.


The Rawda Palace is located on the top of Abi Ramana Street, the high-end street in Modern Damascus, opposite a main square with the same name, decorated by a small silver dome mosque, which was built at his own expense. Jasmine blossoms have been thriving on the balconies of the Rawdah Palace all summer, but in December that year, it was sad cold, perhaps to reflect the status of the frozen Syrian-American relations. The building itself consists of a five-story mansion, which has no design, gardens, or any special color at all, as well as its closed windows do not have any distinctive view of the city, and only one rectangular balcony with sharp ribs decorated with pieces Navy blue ceramics, the lion used to salute his supporters. Without the need for scrutiny and scrutiny, any guest can notice profound bullet effects on the walls of the Kindergarten Palace. Those effects of the battle of 1966 when military forces directed to arrest the then president of the then-president. This battle caused the destruction of parts of the homes of Al-Rawdah district, and the Amin Al-Hafiz was placed in a wet cell in Al-Maza prison. He was released after a while, and the lion issued a decision to banish him without a return.
The Syrian president didn’t care about those scars left behind by the bullets of the battle, and didn’t bother to remove them, so it stayed engraved in the walls of the Rawdah Palace until 2016. Those monuments reminded the neighbors of the troubled past in Damascus, as the city didn’t enjoy a day of Peace and calmness except when the strong man hand over power in 1970. There is at the entrance of the palace a dark marble reception platform followed by a medium-sized drawer leading to the President’s office. There is no doubt that this palace was not worth mentioning compared to the amazing and luxurious palaces of Kissinger in Riyadh and Cairo.
The first meeting started with great optimism from Kissinger because their meeting
Important for peace in the region, even for peace in the world. The fact that this was the first visit of the US Secretary of State to Damascus in two decades, has been blaming directly on Americans. During the six-and-a-half hour debate, Assad and Kissinger always came back to talk about how important it is to establish regular, direct communication between them away from the media and mediators.
Kissinger’s amazement was clear at how frankly Assad is, and his readiness to participate, and Kissinger indicated that all American reports confirmed that #Syria was a party with which it was impossible to negotiate. This is obviously based on false intelligence. When #Assad heard that comment, his surprise was nothing short of Kissinger, and in a polite manner, he indicated that if American politics towards Syria were hostile because of intelligence reports (flawed), then primarily responsible for the existing crack in relations is the United States of America And it’s not Syria.
Assad has then moved to identifying three bases for this meeting and for any future conversations: clarity, honesty, and fixed truths. This was the brilliant way of Assad telling his guest that Syria will not be easily influenced by an American peace plan that contradicts its fundamental principles, and that it will also not be a victim of any diplomatic machinery. Kissinger took a deep breath as expected, the task will not be easy, or quick.
To break the legacy of ice relations over two decades, Syrian president Kissinger asked if he had any specific topic in mind to begin the debate. Al-Assad firmly replied ′′ ongoing Israeli aggression, and the American attitude towards it “, It seemed clear that this was busy with an idea to a degree that was disturbing him at night. Years later Kissinger refers to him, and when writing his memoirs, to Israeli influence in American domestic politics, although not always brilliant and conservative. But, at this particular meeting, in a sudden bout of both parties, Kissinger admitted that the United States of America supports Israel only because of pressure from those who control capital and communications. Of course, he was referring to the powerful ′′ Israeli lobby ′′ in Washington, D. C the role of Jewish money and electoral votes in American electoral politics, and the mainstream media controlled by Israel’s supporters.
The official American narration about what happened in Damascus at that meeting in December is slightly different from the Syrian narrative. Kissinger says: ′′ There are strong local pressures in the United States of America to support Israel And the American narrative never mentions any A disclaimer to him regarding capital or means of communication. Kissinger grumbled that he can’t put strong pressure on Israel, or even face the anger of influential American newspapers, television stations, and pro-Israeli senators.
So Kissinger needed a period of time to organize the American internal situation, and asked Assad to answer the hardship of the need to give a final word on how the regional solution would look like in the wake of Geneva. However, Syrian leader Kissinger kindly stated that Syria has no choice but to wait, because the United States of America is the only one who has the power to make progress in the Middle East through diplomacy instead of war.
Kissinger wondered why was he wasting time pressuring Israel to withdraw to the October 22 line when he might succeed in snatching from them what is more important **. Then he alerted his Syrian host, who was listening to him attentively Only the United States can tame Israel’s aggression.
** The UN Security Council issued Resolution No. 338, calling for a ceasefire on 22 October 1973. Egypt agreed to ceasefire in the first exercise, followed by Syria the following day. Although the ceasefire decision entered into force on 22 October at 6.52 pm Damascus time, the Israeli forces continued their aggression and occupied several locations inside Syria and Egypt. From here, the October 22 line refers to the positions of the Israeli, Egyptian and Syrian forces at a time when the ceasefire resolution came into force.
From the book of the edge of the abyss ′′ Homeland Document ′′
Historic narrative of #Hafez _ Assad and Henry Kissinger’s discussions
Dr. #Bathina _ Shaaban, Special Adviser to the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic

I signed my first bill into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The legislation was named after an unassuming Alabaman

Barack Obama

On this day in 2009, I signed my first bill into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The legislation was named after an unassuming Alabaman who deep into a long career at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, had discovered that she’d routinely been paid less than her male counterparts.
Lilly would go on to file a wage discrimination suit against the company. It should have been a slam dunk, but in 2007, defying all common sense, the Supreme Court had disallowed the lawsuit. According to Justice Samuel Alito, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act required Lilly to have filed her claim within 180 days of when the discrimination first occurred—in other words, six months after she received her first paycheck, and many years before she actually discovered the pay disparity. For over a year, Republicans in the Senate had blocked corrective action (with President Bush promising to veto it if it passed). But thanks to the quick legislative work by our emboldened Democratic majorities, the bill sat ready to be signed on a small ceremonial desk in the East Room.
Lilly and I had become friends during the campaign. I knew her family, knew her struggles. She stood next to me that day as I put my signature on the bill, using a different pen for each letter of my name. I thought not just about Lilly but also about my mother, and my grandmother, Toot, and all the other working women across the country who had ever been passed over for promotions or been paid less than they were worth. The legislation I was signing wouldn’t reverse centuries of discrimination. But it was something, a small step forward. This is why I ran, I told myself. This is what the office can do.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation today

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

Telephone call between Foreign Minister Qureshi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation today.
The Foreign Minister congratulated Secretary Blinken on assuming his office. He underscored Pakistan’s commitment to forge a comprehensive partnership with the United States based on convergence of interests on a whole range of issues. Highlighting the transformation in Pakistan, the Foreign Minister stressed that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan had a new vision that placed premium on forging economic partnership, building a peaceful neighborhood, and enhancing regional connectivity.
Foreign Minister Qureshi told Secretary Blinken that peace in Afghanistan through a negotiated political settlement was one of the fundamental convergences between the two countries. It was essential to have reduction in violence leading to ceasefire and to work towards securing an inclusive political solution in Afghanistan. Pakistan had facilitated the Afghan peace process and remained committed to working with the United States as a partner for peace.
The Foreign Minister also highlighted Pakistan’s resolute measures as well as immense sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
Secretary Blinken recalled U.S.–Pakistan cooperation over the years and noted that the two countries had a range of areas to engage on. He acknowledged the sacrifices of the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
In the context of recent developments in the Daniel Pearl case, the Foreign Minister underscored that it was important and in the mutual interest that justice is served through legal means. The Foreign Minister highlighted the steps being taken in this regard.
Foreign Minister Qureshi and Secretary Blinken agreed to remain engaged and work together on advancing the two countries’ bilateral agenda and promoting common interests in the region and beyond.
Islamabad
29 January 2021

Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs Ambassador Ali Suleiman Al-Saeed, concluded his four day visit to Islamabad on 29 January, 2021

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

Visit of Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs, to Pakistan (25-29 January, 2021) Kuwait’s Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs Ambassador Ali Suleiman Al-Saeed, concluded his four day visit to Islamabad on 29 January, 2021. The visit took place in the backdrop of the meeting of Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi with his Kuwaiti counterpart on the sidelines of the 47th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey, Niger, in November 2020.
The Assistant Foreign Minister held the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations co-chaired by Ambassador Khalid H. Memon, Special Secretary (Middle East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The political consultations centered on reviewing the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, collaboration on issues of mutual interest at regional and international forums, and possibilities for enhanced collaboration in other fields including food security, agriculture, poultry, livestock, tourism and oil exploration. Discussions were also held on possible Kuwaiti investments in the CPEC-related projects in Pakistan.
In addition to his call on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Kuwaiti Assistant Foreign Minister also met the Minister of Interior, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development (OP&HRD), Chairman Board of Investment (BOI), and Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood hosted a working luncheon for the Kuwaiti delegation.
Pakistan and Kuwait have a long-standing fraternal relationship, marked by warmth between the leadership and abiding ties between the two peoples, rooted in shared faith, culture and traditions. The President of Pakistan visited Kuwait in October 2020 to offer condolences on the sad demise of Late Emir of Kuwait. Earlier, the Foreign Minister had visited Kuwait in May 2019. Pakistan’s brotherly cooperation with Kuwait was further solidified as the two countries cooperated intensively in health sector and food security in the wake of the global pandemic.
Kuwait is an important country of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The leadership of Kuwait played a pivotal role in facilitating the resolution of outstanding differences among the brotherly countries of the GCC through diplomatic means – a role appreciated by Pakistan as well as the wider international community.
Islamabad
29 January 2021

The 5th Round of Pakistan-Italy Annual Bilateral Political Consultations was held virtually today.

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

5th Round of Pakistan-Italy Annual Bilateral Political Consultations
The 5th Round of Pakistan-Italy Annual Bilateral Political Consultations was held virtually today. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood led the Pakistan side, while Secretary General of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni led the Italian delegation. Entire spectrum of bilateral relations including fight against the Pandemic; political, trade and economic relations; energy; defence; migration and people-to-people exchanges were reviewed during the Consultations. Views were also exchanged on regional and global issues.
Agreeing that Pakistan and Italy have exemplary relations based on mutual trust and principles of cooperation, the two sides resolved to further expand the relationship in all dimensions.


Foreign Secretary expressed condolences over loss of lives in Italy due to Covid-19 and commended the efforts of the Italian Government in containing the pandemic. He briefed his counterpart on the measures taken by the Government of Pakistan to control the second wave of Covid-19, while saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. The two sides exchanged views on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic and discussed ways of mitigating the adverse effects.
The Foreign Secretary also briefed the Italian side on the vast investment opportunities and avenues in Pakistan and assured that Italian companies and investors will be fully facilitated in all sectors. He thanked the Italian side for its support on GSP Plus status for Pakistan with the European Union. The Foreign Secretary emphasized the need to increase business-to-business interface as soon as the Covid situation subsides.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted the importance of strong Pakistani diaspora in Italy, which acts as a bridge between the two countries. He appreciated Pakistan’s re-inclusion in the seasonal visa program and non-seasonal work visas and stated that the two sides should work together to streamline matters related to migration.
The Foreign Secretary briefed on the grave human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) and the attempts to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. He stressed that the international community must take full cognizance of the deteriorating situation in IIOJK and support peaceful settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.
With regard to Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary underlined that there was no military solution to the conflict and that a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward. He highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and stressed the importance for the Afghan stakeholders to seize this historic opportunity to secure durable peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Foreign Secretary underlined the need for reduction of violence leading to ceasefire and the imperative of an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political solution through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process.
The Foreign Secretary congratulated Italy on assuming Presidency of G-20 and co-Presidency of COP-26. The two sides expressed satisfaction on existing strong cooperation at international fora, in particular at the United Nations, including on the issue of Security Council Reforms. They agreed to work together to further deepen mutual cooperation in the multilateral arena.
The next round of Bilateral Political Consultations will be held next year on mutually agreed dates.
Islamabad
27 January 2021

Ambassador Ali Suleman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister on Asian Affairs of the State of Kuwait, called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Ambassador Ali Suleman Al-Saeed,Kuwait

Assistant Foreign Minister of Asian Affairs of the State of Kuwait calls on the Foreign Minister
Ambassador Ali Suleman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister on Asian Affairs of the State of Kuwait, called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, today.


Foreign Minister Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to forge stronger bilateral relations with the State of Kuwait. He stressed the importance of deepening and diversifying bilateral cooperation — in particular in the areas of trade, investment, manpower export, and food security. He also underscored the importance of facilitating travel between the two countries, which could be instrumental in significantly enhancing bilateral interactions in myriad fields.


Foreign Minister Qureshi lauded the positive and constructive role played by the Kuwaiti leadership towards the resolution of differences among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
The Assistant Foreign Minister reciprocated the Foreign Minister’s views on further fortifying the bilateral relationship. He said his visit reflected the keenness of the leadership of Kuwait to enhance cooperation and collaboration with Pakistan in diverse arenas.


During the meeting, the two sides expressed satisfaction at mutual collaboration in multilateral organizations, in particular the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Views were also exchanged on regional developments, including stability in the Gulf/Middle East and CPEC.
The Assistant Foreign Minister of Kuwait is on an official visit to Pakistan to hold the Third Round of Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC). The last round was held in Kuwait in May 2016.


Islamabad
27 January 2021

The pledge underscores Pakistan’s longstanding political, human and financial commitment to UN’s endeavors in peacekeeping and peacebuilding. As a major Troop and Police Contributing Country, Pakistan takes pride in its rich UN peacekeeping history. Over the last 60 years, our peacekeepers have represented

Office of the Spokesperson, Mofa Pakistan

Zahid-Hafeez-Chaudhri-MOFA

High Level Replenishment Conference for the
Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund
26 January 2021
(Statement of the Foreign Minister)
Secretary General,

Excellencies,
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Today’s event provides a welcome opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to multilateral cooperation for preserving peace, preventing conflict and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. Like most developing countries, Pakistan has been severely affected by COVID-19 pandemic, stretching our healthcare systems, contracting our economy and constricting our fiscal space. Yet despite our ongoing financial difficulties, I am pleased to announce a token contribution of 25,000 dollars to the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund.
The pledge underscores Pakistan’s longstanding political, human and financial commitment to UN’s endeavors in peacekeeping and peacebuilding. As a major Troop and Police Contributing Country, Pakistan takes pride in its rich UN peacekeeping history. Over the last 60 years, our peacekeepers have represented the blue flag in 46 UN Missions across 4 continents of the world.
Let me also take this opportunity to welcome the UN Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund Strategy 2020-2024 which focuses on the imperative of conflict prevention. I hope the strategy will galvanize actions to address the root causes of conflicts: which arise from injustices and inequality as well, as the suppression of the fundamental rights of peoples especially the right of self-determination of peoples under foreign occupation, colonial oppression and alien domination.

Excellencies,
Together with a ‘quantum leap’ in support for the Fund, an effective strategy is required to optimize its scope and impact. While the Fund may continue financing projects directly in conflict-prone countries, its resources could also be utilized to prepare viable projects for seeking investment from other sources, including multilateral Development Banks as well as Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Funds. A major handicap of developing countries in mobilizing international investment is their inability to prepare commercially viable projects. Let us leverage the Peacebuilding Fund to support these countries in bringing projects to a bankable feasibility status.
Finally, it bears repetition that ‘national ownership’ must remain the core principle of peacebuilding and determine all PBF investment decisions. Durable peace within nations cannot be externally imposed.
I thank you!

President Xi Jinping’s remarks at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda on Monday

Xi’s Moments

May be an image of 1 person and standing

Xi’s speech on multilateralism bolsters joint response to challenges, say experts Davos 2021
President Xi Jinping’s remarks at the World Economic Forum Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda on Monday have boosted confidence in upholding multilateralism and injected impetus into joint response to global challenges, experts said.
In his special address entitled “Let the Torch of Multilateralism Light up Humanity’s Way Forward,” Xi said that the problems facing the world are intricate and complex, adding that the way out of them is through upholding multilateralism and building a community with a shared future for mankind.
The Chinese president called for staying committed to openness and inclusiveness instead of closeness and exclusion; staying committed to international law and international rules instead of seeking one’s own supremacy; staying committed to consultation and cooperation instead of conflict and confrontation; and staying committed to keeping up with the times instead of rejecting change.
“Multilateralism, international cooperation in (not only) vaccine policy but also in employment and financial policy needs to be on top of the policy agenda as we start this new year,” said International Labour Organization Director-General Guy Ryder.
Meanwhile, “there’s no way the world can defeat issues such as the pandemic without any multilateralism,” said Jannie Rossouw, head of the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
“Countries have to cooperate in terms of the vaccine and in improving conditions in the world especially following the pandemic,” he said, adding that China has been making great strides in promoting global cooperation.
Likewise, Sonia Bressler, French writer and sinologist, said Xi’s speech has reaffirmed China’s commitment to cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and creation of space for openness and dialogue between China and other countries.
“It is good to hear leaders of nations expressing long-term commitment to development of global trade and multilateralism. President Xi has expressed such views constantly, and it is good to hear this being restated,” echoed Stephen Perry, chairman of Britain’s 48 Group Club.
The world needs “a much better coordination” for dealing with COVID-19 and economic recovery, Perry added. (Xinhua)