UNSC extends cross-border aid operation for Syria

Added On July 10, 2021

"Today, we are witnessing a historical moment. For the first time, Russia and the United States not only managed to find an agreement, but to present a joint text, which was supported by all our colleagues in the council. We expect that this kind of day would become a turning point that not only Syria will win from this, but the Middle Eastern region as a whole, and the world as a whole. We are grateful for this to all members of the council. We're grateful to our American colleagues who were working in the spirit of the agreements achieved during the Geneva summit between Presidents (Vladimir) Putin and (Joe) Biden." "I certainly see it as an important moment in our relationship. And it shows that what we can do with the Russians if we work with them diplomatically on common goals. And this was a common goal that we were able to come to an agreement on. And I look forward to looking for other opportunities to work with the Russians on issues of common interest to our two governments." The United Nations welcomed the statements from the Russian and U.S. ambassadors. "There is nothing that we'd like more than close, positive and productive cooperation between members of the Security Council, between the permanent members of the Security Council, and between the United States and the Russian Federation." The adoption comes just a day before the expiration of the mechanism’s mandate on July 10. The United Nations had previously stressed the cross-border mechanism of humanitarian deliveries into northwestern Syria had no alternatives to supply aid to all people in need in the region.