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NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

United Nations, New York, 22 September 2009

On 22 September 2009, at the United Nations in New York, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, met with H.E. Mr. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb. Susan Rice; and other senior officials. 

The President of the United States congratulated Dr. Treki for his election as the President of the sixty-fourth Session of the General Assembly and said that the United States is looking forward to cooperating with him.

They discussed a number of important issues on the agenda of the sixty-fourth Session, including the challenges of peace and security, climate change, and development.

President Treki appreciated President Obama’s speech in Cairo, which was greatly welcomed in the Islamic world and opened the door for promoting more effectively the dialogue among civilizations, and stated that the General Assembly will support this objective.

He also expressed his support for President Obama’s efforts to promote peace in the Middle East conflict and noted that progress on this front will be extremely encouraging for international peace and security.

Also praising President Obama’s speech in Accra, Dr. Treki noted that with its vast resources, the African continent has great potential and needs to be supported through trade and foreign investment.

The President of the United States said that his Administration was according priority to and developing partnership with the African continent, with special focus on food security, development and governance.

The two leaders also discussed the efforts for the maintenance of peace and security in Africa, particularly the cooperation between all sides with regard to the situation in Darfur, Sudan.

President Obama said that the aim of the special meeting organized by the United States with the top troop contributing countries was to acknowledge the important contribution of peacekeepers and to discuss ways of making UN peacekeeping more effective.

Dr. Treki and the President of the United States also exchanged views on the Security Council summit meeting on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament to be held on 24 September under the US Presidency of the Security Council.

President Treki expressed support for President Obama’s new approach to missile defense and disarmament. The two leaders also discussed the important role of women in promoting the objectives of peace and security and development.