Qureshi leaves for UNGA session in New York

Foreign minister will present nation's stance on bevy of issues

News Desk September 22, 2018
FM will present Pakistan's stance on a host of issues including Kashmir. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi departed for the United States on Saturday to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, Radio Pakistan reported.

The UNGA is one of the six main organs of the UN and the only one where all member states are given equal representation: one nation, one vote. The UN officially defines the annual September session as a summit where all 193 member states “discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the UN Charter, such as development, peace and security, international law, etc.”

Modi govt calls off Pakistan-India foreign ministers' UNGA meet

Qureshi will present Islamabad's stance on a host of issues including the Kashmir dispute at the session. He will also hold talks with leaders from various countries including the Trump administration. The foreign minister will also address Pakistani based in Washington later.

Foreign ministers of India, Pakistan to meet on sidelines of UNGA session

Qureshi was earlier slated to hold talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government called off the meeting citing recent violence in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

The foreign minister responded to the cancellation by saying India had "priorities apart from dialogue." Reiterating that Pakistan had asked for talks in the greater interest of the region, he added that a 'clique' in New Delhi was averse to talks.


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