Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press Updated 7:45 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, file photo, members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution at United Nations headquarters. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to chair a U.N. Security Council meeting for the first time, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The meeting will put the “America First” president around a table with representatives from countries with fraught relationships with the U.S., including Russia and China. less FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, file photo, members of the United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution at United Nations headquarters. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to chair a U.N. ... more Photo: Craig Ruttle, AP President Donald Trump sits down after delivering a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at U.N. … [Read more...] about Trump at UN Security Council: ‘Most watched meeting ever’?
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the case for expanding the U.N. Security Council to give power to smaller nations like Turkey, condemning the group’s inaction in the face of some of history’s greatest atrocities, during a speech to the General Assembly on Wednesday. In remarks that covered a wide variety of topics, Erdoğan praised his country for accepting four million refugees, most from Syria, demanded the world condemn Islamic cleric and archrival Fethullah Gülen, and hinted at his country’s frustration over sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Turkey in retaliation for the wrongful detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.While demanding the United Nations act to help displaced people around the world, from Libya to Afghanistan, return home, Erdoğan notably failed to mention the world’s most rapidly-developing major migration crisis: in Venezuela, where Erdoğan continues to support … [Read more...] about U.N.: Turkey’s Erdogan, Citing Islamic Philosopher, Urges End to Fixed Security Council Seats
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - He has chaired board meetings, cabinet meetings and starred in a reality television show, but on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump will wield the gavel in the United Nations Security Council to denounce Iran for what it sees as its malign regional behaviour. Trump is able to preside over the 15-member council as the United States holds the monthly rotating presidency, which coincides with the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week. "I am sure that's going to be the most watched Security Council meeting ever," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told reporters. But despite the unpredictable nature of Trump, some diplomats aren't expecting a reality television performance in the Security Council, where nearly every member is likely to be represented by their prime minister or president except Russia and China, which are expected to send ministers. "I don't think it will be that … [Read more...] about From reality TV to U.N., Trump to wield Security Council gavel
The United Nations General Assembly opened on Tuesday with a bit of American political controversy, as the White House appeared to back away from U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s proposal for a Security Council session to “address Iran’s violations of international law.” The United States currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the Security Council, providing President Donald Trump with his first opportunity to chair a meeting. Two weeks ago, Haley proposed convening a session on Iran that might have brought Trump face-to-face with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who would most likely have been invited to attend.“It’s hard to find a place where there is conflict and Iran isn’t in the middle of it. We think they’ve been ignored and given a pass for too long, and we think it’s time for Iran to stand up and explain themselves,” Haley said on September 4. Haley acknowledged that some other Security Council members, notably … [Read more...] about Report: White House Backs Away from U.N. Security Council Meeting on Iran
On September 26th, President Donald Trump will chair a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to discuss, according to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, “Iran’s violations of international law and the general instability Iran sows throughout the entire Middle East region.” Because the UNSC has five permanent members (U.S., UK, China, Russia, and France) and ten non-permanent members representing the six regions of the world, one would hope Trump will have allies and find himself preaching to the choir. He will not. When Trump enters the UNSC ring to take on Tehran, he will find China and Russia in Iran’s corner, with members of the European Union (EU) cheering the mullahs on.For the first time in years, Tehran finds itself on the ropes economically. President Barack Obama relieved economic pressure on Iran to bribe the regime to agree to a one-sided nuclear deal. But when Trump vigorously re-applied economic … [Read more...] about Zumwalt: Trump’s Iran UN Security Council Meeting: Where Should a Betting Man Place his Money?