UN chief backs former Palestinian PM for envoy post despite US objection

February 13, 2017 11:10

DUBAI - UN.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he believed former Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad was the "right person" to be the world body's envoy to Libya after the United States raised objections to the choice.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has expressed disappointment over Guterres' choice, saying the world body has for too long been "unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel."Speaking at a summit in Dubai, Guterres said: "I believe he is the right person for the right job at the right moment... And I think it is a loss for the Libyan peace process and for the Libyan people that I am not able to appoint him."

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