Baptism of fire for Liz Truss at UNGA in New York

Baptism of fire for Liz Truss at UNGA in New York

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss faces a baptism of fire as the UK convenes a high-level meeting with the US, France, China and Russia at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Truss, who has been in the role for a week, will meet with her counterparts from the US, France, China and Russia as part of the UN Security Council’s five permanent members (P5).

France is aggrieved that the US and the UK formed a nuclear alliance with Australia, elbowing France out of a lucrative deal with Canberra.

Truss will also have to deal with divergent views on how to manage Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, Foreign Secretary Truss said, “The P5 have clear shared interests in maintaining stability in volatile regions to prevent terrorism and keep our citizens safe.

“If we want to avoid Afghanistan becoming a haven for global terror then the international community – including Russia and China – needs to act as one in its engagement with the Taliban.

“I want our foreign policy to be practically-focused and geared towards strengthening our network of economic and diplomatic partnerships, underpinned by strong security ties. My visit to the UN is the start of an autumn where Global Britain leads the way on the world stage,” she added.

The last meeting of P5 Foreign Ministers with the UN Secretary-General was in 2019 and convened by China.

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