U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is heading to the United Nations.
Vermont's senior senator is serving as part of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. starting Monday. Leahy will work with other members of the delegation to promote U.S. priorities within the international governing body. Leahy was recently appointed to the post by President Obama.
"It was an area of interest to me. I find sometimes it is a lot easier to talk to a person one-on-one than to read the statements that come from their government, plus it's a lot easier to travel to New York to see them than to travel around the world to see the same people," said Sen. Leahy, before boarding a plane in Burlington.
Senator Leahy will be addressing the recent crisis in Syria and will also be meeting with leaders from Cuba. This is the third time the Senator has filled this post. He served in previous appointments under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.
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