UN elects Is­rael as com­mit­tee chair for first time

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and trade ties be­tween China and the Euro­pean side. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Xi said China will sup­port deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides on ed­u­ca­tion, visa fa­cil­i­ta­tion, free­doms of the air and tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine.

Echo­ing Xi, Merkel said the two sides should work to en­hance mu­tual trust and boost co­op­er­a­tion on the in­te­gra­tion of the “Made In China 2025” blue­print and the “In­dus­trial 4.0” strat­egy.

Merkel told Xi that the Ger­man side at­taches im­por­tance to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ar­ti­cle 15 of the ac­ces­sion pro­to­col.

She said Ger­many wel­comes China’s im­por­tant role in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and stands ready to in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion with China over in­ter­na­tional and re­gional hotspot is­sues. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Xi and Merkel also agreed to make joint ef­forts to make suc­cess of the Group of 20 (G20) sum­mits of 2016 and 2017 to con­trib­ute to global eco­nomic growth. China will host this year’s G20 sum­mit in Septem­ber and Ger­many will host the sum­mit in 2017. UNITED NA­TIONS—The UN Gen­eral Assem­bly elected Is­rael to chair one of its six ma­jor com­mit­tees for the first time on Tues­day, a de­ci­sion de­nounced by the Pales­tini­ans and Arab na­tions. In the se­cret bal­lot elec­tion in the 193-mem­ber world body, Is­rael re­ceived 109 “yes” votes.

No­body voted against Is­rael but there were 23 ab­sten­tions, 14 in­valid bal­lots, and 43 votes for other coun­tries in the Western Euro­pean and Oth­ers group which nom­i­nated Is­rael to chair the assem­bly com­mit­tee deal­ing with le­gal is­sues. “This is a his­toric achieve­ment for Is­rael,” said Is­rael’s UN Am­bas­sador re­spon­si­ble qual­i­fied can­di­date, not a big vi­o­la­tor of in­ter­na­tional law.” Danon “rep­re­sents oc­cu­pa­tion” and is not qual­i­fied to chair the com­mit­tee, Man­sour said. “This is neg­a­tive. This is de­struc­tive. This is show­ing lack of sen­si­tiv­ity to our con­cerns.” The Is­raeli am­bas­sador said “it was a piti­ful mo­ment” to see some Arab coun­tries try­ing to block Is­rael. “As the chair­man of the com­mit­tee I will work with all mem­ber states, in­clud­ing those who didn’t vote for me to­day, and they will have to de­cide whether they will come to pro­mote the real goals of the United Na­tions,” Danon said.

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