The United Nations General Assembly announced on Wednesday that Dr. Ali Abdessalam Treki of Libya, the country's Secretary for African Union Affairs, will serve as new president of the 64th session of the General Assembly.

The Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon welcomed the President-elect back to the UN, noting that his wide-ranging diplomatic experience will be invaluable as he presides over the General Assembly.

He said that as the world faces new problems and threats, Mr. Treki's leadership will be crucial if the Assembly is to respond with unified action.

I would like to assure you that I will be at the disposal of all of you for the sake of the joint efforts to enhance and strengthen the United Nations and its bodies, Dr. Treki said in a statement.

I will depend on the assistance and cooperation of every member of the United Nations and will not align with any part or group accept an alignment for security, justice, peace and the common interest of the entire international community, he said.

Dr. Treki will take up his post when the Assembly begins its 64th session on 15 September