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Pakistan PM to attend UNGA session next week

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would lead Pakistan's delegation at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, according to the Foreign Office here.

Abbasi's trip to the US to attend the General Assembly session will not only be his first as but also the first high-level visit from to the US after President Donald Trump criticised the country for providing safe havens to terrorists.


Trump, while announcing his policy for South and Afghanistan, had hit out at for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in and warned that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists. is upset over the allegations.

The prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the UN Secretary General on the sidelines of the General Assembly session, the Foreign Office said.

Abbasi will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Business Council, it said.

The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media, the statement said.

On the margins of the session from Monday, ministerial level meetings of many regional and sub-regional organisations like the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), G-77, Economic Cooperation Organisation, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Commonwealth, Developing-8 and others, will be held.

There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Office said.

is a great advocate of multilateralism and the UN to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development, it said.

"We would continue our constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting our national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping, and a host of development and other matters," it said.

The annual session of the General Assembly has special significance as it is attended by a large number of heads of state and government.

The theme of this year's session is 'Focusing on people; Striving for peace and decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet'.

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First Published: Sat, September 16 2017. 13:22 IST
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