Foreign Secretary to condemn Russian atrocities at UN in first overseas trip in his role


  • James Cleverly will travel to New York today (Tuesday 20 September) to attend high level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly this week.
  • The foreign minister will use a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday to denounce Russian atrocities.
  • He will also hold meetings with his counterparts from the US, Ukraine and India and attend a G7 foreign ministers dinner.

Secretary of State James Cleverly today (Tuesday) begins his first trip abroad in his new role – arriving at the United Nations in New York for high-level talks as part of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

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During his trip, the foreign minister, along with the prime minister, will meet his global counterparts to take action on a range of global challenges, including Russia’s malign activities and building stability in the Middle East.

Prior to his arrival in New York, Secretary of State James Cleverly said:

We live in an increasingly unstable, divided world. As Secretary of State, I will work to bring countries together to manage aggression, overcome challenges and promote our democratic values. We will judge others by actions, not words.

Every day the devastating consequences of Russia’s barbaric tactics are becoming clearer. Putin’s hostility must not go unpunished.

His main event of the week will be a special session of the UN Security Council on Thursday, which will focus on the situation in Ukraine and ensure that Russia’s actions do not go unpunished. The Foreign Secretary will outline UK intervention at the meeting, exposing Russian aggression and tactics as they seek to justify their illegal war.

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Cleverly will have his first bilateral meeting in his new role with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today (Tuesday).

He will also meet Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, India’s Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Canada’s Melanie Joly tomorrow (Wednesday) and Australia’s Penny Wong on Thursday.

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Upon arrival in New York, he will attend a global food security event hosted by the United States, the European Union and the African Union, as 50 million people worldwide are one step away from starvation.

Also this week, the foreign minister will meet partners, including other G7 foreign ministers, for a nuclear safety event as concerns continue to mount over Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.

Stability in the Middle East will be a recurring theme on the agenda in New York, with talks on Yemen, Syria and the Gulf.



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