US President Barack Obama called for “a new era of engagement” with the world in his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. He pledged to work together with other countries while defending the interests of the United States.
he said the time has come for the world to move in a new direction: “We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect and our work must begin now.” On the Middle East, Obama said the US does not view continued Israeli settlement building as legitimate. “The time has come to relaunch negotiations without pre-conditions that address the permanent status issues: security for Israelis and Palestinians, borders, refugees and Jerusalem.” President Obama went on to talk of the four fundamental pillars of his administration. A world free from fears over nuclear proliferation, the pursuit of peace, tackling climate change and developing a sustainable global economy.