Today, there are few local conflicts.
India’s conflict over Kashmir with its bitter rival Pakistan, Haitian turmoil spilling into a U.S.-Mexico border migrant crisis and questions about Ethiopia’s involvement in starvation deaths in Tigray.
When leaders from these regions address the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday, all will be in full view.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent part of the week with U.S. officials to increase ties in the Indo-Pacific. is expected push back against Imran Khan, the Pakistan Prime Minister,’s harsh — but predictable — rhetoric that arrived hours earlier.
Khan again called Modi’s Hindu nationalist government “fascist” on Friday and lashed out at India’s crackdown against Kashmir, the disputed territory divided by each country but claimed jointly by both.
Modi is expected to also weigh in on the Afghanistan crisis, as Khan. The Indian government has expressed concern about the possibility that the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will lead to chaos in Pakistan, which would in turn feed the long-running insurgency in Kashmir where militants have an advantage.
Ariel Henry, Haiti’s Prime Minister, will give a prerecorded speech on Saturday in support of the country that has been in turmoil since the assassination and recent major earthquake.
This address was delivered days after Henry fired his chief procuror. He had asked for a judge to accuse Henry of the murder President Jovenel Moise and to ban the prime minister’s departure from the country.
The trouble has spread beyond Haiti’s borders with thousands fleeing to the U.S. In protest of the U.S. large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants, Daniel Foote, the special envoy for Biden’s administration to Haiti, resigned this week. After the assassination, Foote was appointed to this position in July.
Ethiopia will address the largest gathering worldwide of leaders on Saturday, and will be subject to the global pressure for Tigray.
The U.N. has warned of famine at the troubled northern Ethiopian corner, calling it the worst humanitarian crisis in a decade. Since June, when the U.N. declared a “de facto humanitarian aid blockade,” starvation deaths have been reported.
Russia and the Holy See will also speak Saturday.
The Catholic Church’s government was one of two permanent observer states that are not members to the United Nations.