The U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sought to burnish their foreign-policy credentials on Monday by meeting world leaders at the United Nations, Reuters reported.
Clinton met briefly with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and then Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Trump also met al-Sisi minutes after the Egyptian leader spoke with Clinton in the same Manhattan hotel.
Security questions arose in each of Monday’s bilateral sessions, which took place as world leaders gathered for the U.N. General Assembly, with Clinton and Abe discussing concerns over North Korea and maritime issues involving China.
Clinton and Trump both spoke with al-Sisi about working more closely with Egypt to combat the Islamic State threat.
Trump’s campaign released a statement saying that Trump "highlighted how Egypt and the U.S. share a common enemy and the importance of working together in defeating radical Islamic terrorism."
With Clinton, al-Sisi also discussed his goal of moving Egypt toward "a new civil society, a new modern country that upholds the rule of law and respects human rights and liberties."
Clinton and Poroshenko addressed Russian incursions into Ukrainian territory. Clinton started the session by saying Ukraine faces “very real problems and threats from Russian aggression”
and that she was “anxious to know how we can be supportive.”
The session also resonated because of Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. Trump called Putin a stronger leader than Obama, rattling both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.