Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
(photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must examine the evidence on Tehran’s nuclear program which Israel obtained from Iran in the spring, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a meeting in New York.
The two men met late Thursday night on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, after the Israeli premier reveled new information from the material that Israel uncovered, such a secret autonomic warehouse in Tehran with as much as 300 tons, 300 tons of nuclear related equipment and material.
Netanyahu had already appealed during his speech in front of the UN General Assemblyto the IAEA head Yukiya Amano to inspect the newly revealed site and the other material Israel collected. In the meeting with Guterres, he repeated his request and asked the UN Secretary General to speak with Amano about the evidence.
He also appealed to Guterres to use the powers of his office to mobilize the international community to pressure Hamas into releasing the remains of two soldiers presumed killed during the 2014 war and two Israeli citizens who have been held there in captivity for the last three and four years.
Separately they also discussed the importance of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights and the United Nations Interim Force on the Lebanese border.
The UN issued a statement on the meeting, explaining that the two leaders discussed regional issues and that on “the Middle East Peace Process, the Secretary-General reaffirmed the United Nations’ positions.”
Guterres also met separately with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. According to the Secretary General’s office, he spoke of “the importance of moving the Middle East Peace process forward and underlined their shared commitment for the two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine.”
“The Secretary-General highlighted the importance of continued humanitarian and development assistance to the Palestinian people from the international community, particularly through United Nations Relief and Works Agency,” his office said.
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