USA: Brazil's Rousseff talks refugees, ISIS, Cuba and Iran at UNGA

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gave an address at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Monday. Rousseff discussed a range of issues including the refugee crisis, the rise of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and the Iran nuclear deal. Regarding the refugee crisis, the Brazilian president blamed the growth of terrorist organisations like IS for the rise in refugee numbers. "It isn't tolerable to have condescendence with such barbaric acts, as those perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State or another associated groups. This situation to a large extent explains the refugee crisis currently facing human kind," Rousseff said. Regarding the reaction to the refugee crisis, she stated that "in a world where goods, capitals, information and ideas circulate freely, it is absurd to prevent the free transit of people." During her speech, Rousseff defended the establishment of a Palestinian State, branding the settlements set up by Israel in the occupied territories as "not tolerable." The Brazilian leader also welcomed the improvement of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States, noting that this process "will be completed with the end of the embargo imposed on Cuba" by the US, and the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group. Monday's session of the General Assembly will feature speeches from the leaders of from Brazil, USA, Poland, China, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, Iran, France, Qatar, Mozambique, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Portugal, Denmark and Ethiopia. In the afternoon, speakers from Uganda, Chile, Cuba, South Africa, Morocco, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Belarus, Nigeria, Gabon, Paraguay, Kenya, Turkmenistan, Senegal, Mali, Ecuador, Bolivia, Kiribati and Australia will follow.

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