NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Monday urged Iran to help broker a political solution to the devastating civil war in Syria that has killed more than 100,000 people.
“We have to stop this; this is the main problem: find and reach a political solution. I hope Iran now with President (Hassan) Rouhani would help. We have to put the pressure on our friends all over the world, but the nightmare of the Syrian people must stop,” Marzouki told Reuters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief economic policymaker on Monday said German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s strong showing in her country’s election on Sunday demonstrated that Germany’s push for economic reforms across the euro zone will continue, something that is critical to the region’s health.
Germany is Europe’s biggest economy and it has exercised a great deal of muscle in trying to guide the euro zone through the financial crisis and a recession that continues to grip much of the region, particularly some of the southern countries.
If only it were this easy.
The United Nations General Assembly begins its annual meeting next week with the overhang of chemical weapons diplomacy in Syria and a diplomatic dance over Iran’s nuclear aspirations (and the distrust by much of the West of Tehran’s intentions). That creates a tantalizing prospect of the two, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, taking a face-to-face spin together on the global stage.
But it was all about getting down to business on Friday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York where the UN Global Compact and the LEGO Foundation unveiled a 1.65 meter tall replica of the UN headquarters. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon playfully pointed out his office. He was joined by LEGO Foundation chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and its chief executive officer Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, who want the way children play to be re-defined and the learning process to be re-imagined.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service cut Ukraine’s sovereign credit rating further into junk category on Friday and warned that more downgrades could come.
Moody’s cut the rating by one notch to Caa1 from B3, with the outlook placed on review for downgrade, as it cited concerns over a drop in foreign currency reserves, new debt issuance and potentially worsening relations with Russia.