In other summit developments, Israel's foreign minister met with his counterparts from Muslim nations Qatar and Indonesia. A day earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon shook hands with Pakistan's President Musharraf. Also, a U.N. treaty empowering countries to prosecute officials accused of stealing public funds received enough signatures to go into force.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez received the biggest round of applause in the assembly hall Thursday when he scolded the United States. The populist South American leader called the U.N. reform plan set for approval Friday "illegal", and suggested that the United Nations should move out of New York to protest the war in Iraq. He said a better location for the world body might be Jerusalem.