The UN’s newly-appointed secretary-general has urged reconciliation between the US and Russia, saying he will do “everything he can” to encourage trust between the two nations. Tensions have recently mounted over the Syrian crisis.
Antonio Guterres said he will “be delighted to do everything I can to support confidence and trust to be increased among states in general, and of course obviously the United States and Russia are two absolutely central countries in today’s world.”
The new UN head was speaking one day after his candidacy was approved by the UN General Assembly.
Guterres said that he doesn’t see his role as being the “leader of the world,” and that he intends to facilitate reconciliation between Washington and Moscow.
“I will always strongly encourage these two countries to come together, because I am absolutely sure if these two countries come together, they will have an enormous capacity to mobilize others to make sure the contradictions we are still facing can be overcome,” he said.