United Nations: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reached New York to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. According to the News Agency ANI, this annual meeting will be a trilateral dialogue between the US, Japan, and India. Along with this, Foreign Minister Swaraj will meet Bhutan’s Prime Minister Threshing Tobgay.
Underlining India’s key goals in the session, India’s Standing Representative in the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin had said on Saturday, “Our agenda is broad, progressive and expensive and is the goal of global nature.” The formal meeting of the session will begin on Monday with the start of a conference organized by US President Donald Trump to discuss issues of reform in the United Nations, where Sushma will represent India. Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif may face face-to-face in New York next week. On September 23, he will deliver a speech at the UN House.
From the end of sexual harassment to the week of the session in United Nations calendar, more than 100 subjects have been listed on various subjects including health facilities. According to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Ravi Kumar, Sushma will have about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with the leaders attending the session. Apart from this, Sushma will also be attending several meetings with several regional and special organizations including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Non-Aligned Movement, BRICS, Group of Developing Countries, G77. Sushma will also address the high-level roundtable conference on climate change on Tuesday.
Akbaruddin said that the foreign minister can also take solar energy programs prominently, which is Modi’s priority to fight the problem of climate change. Regarding India’s priorities in the UNGA session, Akbaruddin said that this is based on five pillars – United Nations reform, migration, counterterrorism, and peace establishment. However, Sushma will not be involved in the signing of the treaty signing banning nuclear weapons during which more than 120 countries have supported it. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khakon Abbasi will also attend the session. A spokesperson for the Ministry said that there will be no formal meeting between the two, but they will be involved in SAARC and Joint 77 meetings.