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President Obama Meets Prime Minister Hatoyama, Addresses UN in New York

Sept. 24, 2009
President Obama Meets Prime Minister Hatoyama, Addresses UN in New York

President Obama Meets Prime Minister Hatoyama, Addresses UN in New York

In remarks with Prime Minister Hatoyama after their bilateral meeting on September 23 in New York, President Obama said that they recognized the importance of "coordinating closely to continue to move beyond the current economic crisis and to focus our attention on how our economies are actually providing opportunity for ordinary citizens." He said that they "also pledged to coordinate very closely together on a range of international threats - everything from nuclear proliferation, the situation in North Korea, how we can help to stabilize Afghanistan and Pakistan, and how we address transnational issues like climate change." Also on September 23, President Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly, calling for "a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect."