Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

UN General Assembly to convene this week

Antonio Guterres U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres U.N. secretary-general
Julia Gonzales | 23 September, 2018, 17:08

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters on Thursday that Trump's "is looking forward to talking about foreign policy successes the United States has had over the past year and where we're going to go from here".

While the demands Trump has made of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to pay up have been a longstanding US concern, his rhetoric towards those countries and his expressed doubts about the alliance's common defense have unnerved European allies.

Trump will deliver his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, which Haley says the president will use to tout his foreign policy successes over the a year ago and the way forward.

It's no longer Trump's first time at the United Nations, so the questions of what kind of impact he'll have on this world stage have evaporated.

Trump's "America First" foreign policy has reshaped many relationships across the globe, including some of the U.S.'s decades-old alliances.

"He is looking forward to talking about foreign policy successes the United States has had over the past year and where we're going to go from here", she said.

Haley said Trump will talk about the generosity of the United States.

A case in point, Green said is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expected meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

This 73rd session of the General Assembly perhaps will be the toughest one yet for Iran, despite having a moderate president and also the EU's continued support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal as it is better known. "They have exhausted of Trump's my-way-or-the-highway act and are increasingly hitting the road - or looking to China to fill the vacuum left by the USA retreat".

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Trump's predecessor Barack Obama presided over meetings in 2009 and 2014 on nuclear non-proliferation and foreign terrorist fighters.

The Trump administration is now in talks with India on issues related to Iranian sanctions.

The president is set to chair a U.N. Security Council meeting the next day that was originally scheduled to be focused on Iran, but was broadened out to the topic of nonproliferation because of concerns about the fissures an Iran-focused meeting could expose among allies.

The U.S. concept note on the meeting circulated to Security Council members does not specifically mention any countries.

Iran and Trump will make for an unpredictable week at the UN General Assembly this week.

On the world stage in New York, Rouhani will have the opportunity to fire back at the Trump administration and keep Europe from withdrawing their business from the country.

Moon will be pushing Trump to sign a declaration to officially end the Korean War, something the USA has said it will not do until North Korea takes steps to denuclearize.

Trump is planning to meet privately with the leaders of South Korea, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, and Britain.

On Monday, the president will attend an event that will serve as a global call to action for cooperation around curbing the use of illegal drugs and cutting off supply chains followed by an evening reception along with the first lady for all heads of delegations.

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