On Saturday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in New York to symbolize India at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. The external affairs minister along with the top UN officials will also hold several bilateral and multilateral meetings with her global counterparts.
On September 29, Sushma Swaraj will address the General Debate. She is all set to take part in various meetings and conferences on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting throughout the week.
Besides this, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, Syed Akbaruddin tweeted on the confirmation of Swaraj’s arrival in New York, “India’s External Affairs Minister @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York for High-Level Segment of @UN.”
As per the sources, the commencement of the General Debate will be from 25th September onwards. All the World leaders from 193 UN member states will address the global body. US President Donald Trump will give his second address on September 25 to the General Assembly.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet, “setting the stage for a week of hectic diplomacy! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York to attend the 73rd Session of the #UnitedNations General Assembly and participate in several bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral meetings”.
The external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were previously criticized to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly, following India’s approval of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion for a meeting.
However, the meeting was called off by the Indian government mentioning that brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “portraying” militant Burhan Wani.
According to the sources Qureshi will address the UN General Assembly on September 29.
In the opening of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, a number of events will take place parallel to the UNGA under the banners of Global Goals Week 2018 and Climate Week NYC2018.