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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, June 13

14 Jun 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed his sadness over the death of William Swing, a former leader of the UN migration agency.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend William Swing, the former director-general of the International Organization for Migration and past leader of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," he said in a statement.

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LONDON -- British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called for "a bit of respect" from the European Union (EU) leaders as he claimed the bloc's senior figures "serially" talk about Northern Ireland "as if it were somehow a different country from the UK", Sky News reported Sunday.

"We have serially seen senior EU figures talk about Northern Ireland as if it were somehow a different country from the UK," Raab was quoted as saying.

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PHNOM PENH -- World Health Organization Representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said Sunday that the Southeast Asian country is at a pivotal moment in its combat against COVID-19, calling for collective actions and wider community participation to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

"We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus, devastating health, and social and economic effects," Li said in a statement.

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MOGADISHU -- Somalia has called on Kenya to reopen its diplomatic mission in Mogadishu following the normalization of ties between the two neighboring countries.

"The resumption of full diplomatic relations will be a positive start to the commencement of bilateral discussions between the two nations," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement issued on Saturday evening.

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