Egypt's new President Morsi debuts at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi debuts at the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday with a speech that will be closely watched by world leaders for clues about his democratic intentions and plans for lifting his country out of crippling poverty.
Mr Morsi, an Islamist and key figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, is the first democratically-elected leader of the ancient land at the heart of the Arab world. He was sworn in on June 30.
Another Arab leader making his first appearance at the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting after being swept into power by the Arab Spring revolutions was Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. He took office in February after more than a year of political turmoil and is now trying to steer his country's democratic transition.
Mr Hadi called on the UN to grant membership to Palestine and support a transfer of power in Syria.