Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday asked Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi, to make the country’s participation more meaningful at the global forum.
“Ensure that Pakistan’s voice is heard on peace, security and development issues,” PM Nawaz said talking to Lodhi when she called on him at the PM House.
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Premier Nawaz will highlight Pakistan’s foreign policy and national priorities at the UN General Assembly session in September. The session will mark 70th anniversary of the UN.
He said Pakistan has always played an active role in the UN and should continue to be in the forefront of all UN activities and debates.
He said Pakistan today was the largest troop contributing country to UN peacekeeping operations in the world.
Lodhi briefed PM Nawaz about UN-related matters and the several summits and events that will take place during the special session of the UN General Assembly in September this year. Of these, the most important would be the endorsement by world leaders of the post-2015 development agenda which will involve the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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National Security Adviser to PM Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi were also present in the meeting.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2015.