The president of the United States is set to deliver an address Tuesday to the United Nation’s General Assembly, in a speech that will focus on Afghanistan, and perhaps his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.
The address will be one of the most consequential of Obama’s presidency, given the war in Afghanistan, where the U.”s combat troops have been fighting since 2009.
The speech is also likely to focus on the fallout from the deadly ambush in Niger that left four Americans dead in May, and a series of attacks on Afghan civilians that have killed at least 70 people since 2014.
In his address, Obama will emphasize that he was elected to lead an effort to end the war and create a “new era of prosperity and peace.”
He will also praise the efforts of the Afghan security forces, whom he said have been “totally committed” to ending the conflict.
It is an attack on our values as a nation, and an attack against the very foundation of our democracy, our rule of law, and the security of our people. “
I am committed to making sure that this war does not repeat itself,” Obama said.
“It is an attack on our values as a nation, and an attack against the very foundation of our democracy, our rule of law, and the security of our people.
I will fight it.”
The speech will be the first time a sitting president will address the General Assembly since 2002, when President George W.-Bush delivered the first address.
Obama’s predecessor, Bill Clinton, delivered the address during the first month of his administration, and in 2003, George H.W. Bush delivered a lengthy address to address the war.
The speech comes amid a continuing crisis over the violence in Afghanistan.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the peace agreement with the Taliban is “not working.”
Obama, meanwhile, has said the violence is a consequence of the war-torn country’s “political vacuum.”
The United States has not been at war in the country since 2001, and has been on the front lines fighting insurgents since 2009, when the Taliban took control of large parts of the country after a U.K.-led invasion.
U.S.-led troops have not been seen in Afghanistan since the U .
S.-backed Afghan government launched the war after the Taliban’s fall in 2001.
The United States ended combat operations in 2011, but continues to carry out airstrikes, which are considered a vital part of U. S. strategy in Afghanistan and its war against the Taliban.
While Obama has criticized Bush’s decision to withdraw U. s combat troops from Afghanistan in 2011 and 2014, he has made no public comment on the peace process.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the president’s speech, calling it a “powerful statement of commitment to end violence in our country and restore stability in Afghanistan.”
“The Afghan people are proud of their leader, the American President,” Ghani said in a statement.
“His leadership has shown great determination to help the Afghan people rebuild their country and bring peace to their lives.”
This story was updated at 6:51 p.m.