An open debate of the United Nations Security Council convened, on Monday, to discuss the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, with the participation of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.


Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Verenshin was appointed chair, whereas Russia holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council, for this month. Several countries and regional organizations also hold status within the meeting.


According to the letter circulated by the United Nations Secretariat, at the Russian request, the objective of the meeting is “to examine the root causes of the conflict in the Middle East from a broader perspective, and to consider ways of addressing these causes together.”


Several issues were up for discussion, today, including the Palestinian questions, which the presidency stressed, in the letter, on the need for “a two-state solution”, as well as a settlement of the wars in Syria and Yemen, and additional international efforts to “reform situation in Libya and Iraq,” official sources reported, according to Al Ray.