WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama decided not to do face-to-face meetings with global leaders in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, outside of courtesy calls to UN officials. The lack of in-person meetings drew fire from Mitt Romney and other GOP critics. Obama delivered a major speech to the UN on Tuesday. While it may be just too close to the election for Obama one-on-ones, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held 25 meetings with leaders from around the world, a State Department spokesman said Friday.
Netanyahu talks to Obama, Romney on Friday: Read my post on the conversations HERE
Mike Hammer, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, recapping Clinton's week told reporters Friday, "since arriving last Sunday and starting her meetings then, held 25 bilateral and trilateral meetings.
"And that is in addition to events that covered every region of the world. For example, you saw the U.N. secretary-general's meeting on the Sahel. We had a trans-Atlantic dinner with EU and NATO foreign ministers. We had a Central American ministerial. We had an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting.
"And even today you still are seeing quite a bit of activity with the ad hoc ministerial on Syria in which the secretary announced an additional $15 million in assistance to the opposition, bringing the total of our assistance to the opposition to 45 million (dollars). And she also announced an additional 30 million (dollars) in humanitarian assistance, bringing the total of humanitarian assistance that we provide today to 130 million (dollars). She also participated in key events on Feed the Future, gender equality and UNAIDS."