UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama will meet with Sam Kutesa, the controversial Ugandan diplomat serving as president of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday in a move that is sure to frustrate rights activists who say Kutesa's support for virulently anti-gay legislation makes him unfit to lead the world's parliament.
At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Air Force One should touch down at John F. Kennedy International Airport with President Barack Obama aboard for what will arguably be the most pivotal visit by an American president to the opening of the U.N. General Assembly since George W. Bush appeared before the body in 2002 to make his case for war against Iraq.
Attention nations of the world: If you want to fight ISIS, or are considering fighting ISIS, Sen. Ron Johnson wants to talk to you.
The Wisconsin Republican, joined by Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, is one of two senators heading to New York to serve as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. Johnson voted last week to approve funding for the Obama administration's plan to train Syrian rebels to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which controls large portions of Syria and Iraq. And now he wants to meet as many representatives of the 36-nation coalition that have promised to join the U.S.-led fight against the group as possible. He also wants to meet with officials from any country that may be willing to join the coalition, with a special focus on Middle Eastern states such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
In a potential boost for the Obama administration, the former Soviet republic of Georgia has offered to host a training facility for the Syrian rebels as a part of the U.S.-led war against Islamic State militants in both Syria and Iraq, according to an American administration official.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has directly appealed to Iran to release the Washington Post's Iranian-American reporter, Jason Rezaian, and his journalist wife, Yeganeh Salehi, Ban told Foreign Policy in an interview on Friday.