Sunday , November 19 2017

PM leaves for US to attend 72nd UNGA session

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead the Pakistani delegation to represent the country  at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept 18, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to the FO statement, The Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations at the UNGA and will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders on the sidelines of the session. The theme of this year’s session is ‘Focusing on people; striving for peace & decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

Pakistan will also participate in ministerial meetings of regional and sub-regional organisations, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), G-77 and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, expected to be held on the sidelines of the UNGA session, the handout read.

The prime minister will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council on the margins of the UNGA session and will highlight Pakistan’s point of view on various international issues and especially present case of Pakistan with regard to Kashmir dispute, extremism and terrorism, the FO statement added.

There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. It will have special significance in the background of grave human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK). Khawaja Asif, Maleeha Lodhi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will also attend it.

 Pakistan’s permanent representative for the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has prepared hectic engagements schedule for Prime Minister Abbasi during his four-day stay that would surely help in highlighting Pakistan’s position regarding international subjects of its interest.

On the sidelines of the General Assembly session, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the secretary general of the United Nations. The prime minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US-Pakistan Business Council. The premier will also have extensive interaction with the international media. On the margins of the session, ministerial level meetings of many regional and sub-regional organisations will be held, including OIC, G-77, ECO, Saarc, Commonwealth, D-8 and others. There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan is a great advocate of multilateralism and the United Nations to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development.

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