THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much everyone. I'm honored to be joined by Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley, General Kelly, and General McMaster to host a very distinguished group of United Nations Security Council ambassadors from all around the world.
The United States notes with the highest level of concern the latest incident of unsafe Russian military practices, over the Black Sea on January 29. As confirmed by U.S. Naval Forces Europe, a Russian SU-27 engaged in an unsafe interaction with a U.S. EP-3 in international airspace, with the Russia pilot closing to within 5 feet and crossing directly in front of the EP-3’s flight path.
Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem January 28-31.
The United States is concerned by reports of deadly clashes in Aden. We call on all parties to refrain from escalation and further bloodshed. We also call for dialogue among all parties in Aden to reach a political solution.
The United States strongly condemns today’s horrific attack in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack.
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Iraq on January 27 to lead an interagency delegation to participate in the Higher Coordinating Committee meeting and reinforce our long-term partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. The Deputy Secretary will focus discussions on expanding US-Iraq economic ties and increasing foreign investment to facilitate Iraq’s reconstruction.
The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force. We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international agreement.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you, Klaus, very much. It's a privilege to be here at this forum where leaders in business, science, art, diplomacy, and world affairs have gathered for many, many years to discuss how we can advance prosperity, security, and peace.
I'm here today to represent the interests of the American people and to affirm America's friendship and partnership in building a better world.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7. The Secretary will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, prosperous, energy secure, and democratic hemisphere. Throughout his travel, Secretary Tillerson will advocate for increased regional attention to the crisis in Venezuela.
SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: I give the floor to the representative of the United States.
Thank you Mr. President, and thank you Nicolai for the briefing that you gave. During the past year, as the representative of the United States, I have most often taken the position that this monthly session on the Middle East is miscast. As I have pointed out many times, this session spends far too much time on Israel and the Palestinians and far too little time on the terrorist regimes and groups that undermine peace and security in the region. Chief among them, Iran, ISIS, Hezbollah, and Hamas. That remains my view. And I expect in future months, I will continue to focus on those threats from the Middle East that draw too little attention at the UN.