PM Abbasi reaches New York to attend UNGA session

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NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi reached New York on Monday night to attend 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
PM Abbasi was received at the airport by Pakistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi and Pakistan ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry.
The Prime Minister arrived here after an overnight stay at London, where he had a meeting with the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He also enquired about the health of his spouse Begum Kulsoom Nawaz who is undergoing medical treatment in London.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Thursday (Sept 21), in which he would also speak about Pakistan’s crucial role in its efforts for peace, adverse impact of Climate change on Pakistan and the measures planned to counter the growing threat.
The plight of the civil population in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, the importance of peace in Afghanistan and the oppression against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are the issues that are likely to be taken up in Prime Minister’s address, Dr Maleeha Lodhi Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United
Nations said.
The Prime Minister has a hectic schedule ahead and has a number of meetings lined up for him. He would be meeting US Vice President Mike Pence; the first high level contact since the announcement of President Donald Trump’s policy on Afghanistan.
He also has meetings scheduled with the King of Jordan and leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the United Kingdom and Nepal.
He will also meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chairman World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly Session, Prime Minister Abbasi will address the Council on Foreign Relations besides interacting with the US Pakistan Business Council. He would also have extensive interaction with the international media.

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