UN President To Visit Pakistan Next Week

SRINAGAR — The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, will visit Pakistan from Januray 18 to 22, Radio Pakistan reported on Saturday.

According to the UNGA president’s spokesperson, Monica Grayley, this will be the first visit of the 193-member Assembly’s president to the Asia-Pacific region since assuming office in September last year.

Espinosa, Ecuador’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was in June elected president of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, becoming only the fourth female president of the organisation in its 73-year history. 

“The president looks forward to strengthening  ties between Pakistan and the United Nations, promoting multilateralism and continuing her work with the country on the priorities for the 73rd Session of the General Assembly,” said the spokesman.

During her five-day visit, the UNGA president is expected to meet President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, as well as representatives of the UN and civil society.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the UNGA president in New York, Pakistan’s permanent envoy to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said the Pakistani leadership plans to discuss a wide range of global and regional issues with Espinosa.

According to Lodhi, Pakistan will also brief the UNGA president on worsening human rights situation in Indian administered Kashmir.

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