U.S. President Barack Obama is calling for a "new era of engagement"
among nations, saying the United States cannot solve global problems
The U.S. leader made the remarks at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Wednesday.
Mr. Obama said since he became president in January, his administration
has tackled many issues that caused global leaders to "chastise America
for acting alone" during the previous administration.
He pointed to U.S. actions such as prohibiting torture, providing
development aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan, ending the war in Iraq,
working with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons, and committing to deep
cuts in emissions that hurt the environment.
President Obama said now it is time for all nations to take their share
of responsibility for addressing global problems. He said global
challenges are so great that nations can no longer allow their
differences to prevent them from working together.
President Obama vowed the United States will continue to "act boldly" for justice and prosperity at home and abroad.
Mr. Obama said he will work toward lasting peace between Israel,
Palestine and the Arab world. He also promised to work for peace in
Sudan, Haiti, Congo and East Timor.
He said the United States will keep pressure on al-Qaida and
extremists. Mr. Obama also called on the international community to
hold Iran and North Korea accountable for failing to live up to their
nuclear non-proliferation obligations.