Obama: Development must remain top foreign policy plank

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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 4:22 PM
Obama: Development must remain top foreign policy plank

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his successor must keep development as a "fundamental pillar" of U.S. foreign policy.

Obama says the next president will have to pay attention to development issues and boosting the standard of living around the world if he or she cares about human dignity, reducing violence, combatting terrorism, income inequality and other issues.

Obama also says spending money on development around the world, despite pressing needs in the U.S., is a worthy investment because it helps with security at home.

Obama delivered the keynote address at a White House summit on global development. The summit was organized to review progress on development issues during his presidency. Participants also discussed work to be done to help the approximately 1 billion people still living in poverty worldwide.