The presidents of China, Russia, Iran and the United States are scheduled to speak at the 70th annual UN General Assembly of world leaders — a rare appearance for Russian President Vladimir Putin and the first for Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The United Nations issued its first draft list of speakers Monday for what could be its largest-ever gathering of world leaders.
Pope Francis is also set to address the General Assembly a few days before President Barack Obama, Putin, Xi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speak at the gathering.
“This is unacceptable to us,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a joint news conference with visiting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
Mogherini is slated to visit Iran Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations in the wake of a landmark nuclear deal struck earlier this month.
Mogherini held talks in Saudi Arabia Monday to explain the agreement she helped broker on Iran’s nuclear program, and to push for an end to Yemen’s war.
At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a trip to the Mideast next week and then Asia, including a stop in Vietnam. Kerry, however, will not visit Israel.
Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold and former IDF military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin will travel to the US on Tuesday to brief Jewish organizations on the Iran nuclear deal, as Jerusalem gears up to fight the accord in Washington.
Gold will brief the US Jewish umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations in New York.
According to Israeli news station Channel 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to “go all the way” in protesting the Iran nuclear deal in the US, despite the low prospects of Congress derailing the accord.
In deciding on a full-on attack against the deal rather than a quieter campaign, the prime minister is risking further alienating US President Barack Obama, who may be forced to use his veto to protect the deal.
Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer briefed Republican leaders on Israel’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, the TV report said.
Earlier, sources in Jerusalem said Netanyahu was planning to speak at the UN General Assembly in September.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday announced a trip to the Mideast next week and then Asia, including a stop in Vietnam. Kerry, however, will not visit Israel.
The top US diplomat starts off in Cairo, for the US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue on Sunday.
He then goes to Doha, Qatar, to meet with foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
Kerry has accused Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of going “way over the top” in his criticisms. Netanyahu is bidding to persuade Congress to reject the deal with enough votes to overcome a presidential veto.