NEW YORK – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has left for New York to represent Pakistan at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
The Annual Session of the General Assembly, which is being held under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet,” is attending by a large number of Heads of State and Government.
The regular session of the General Assembly kicked off on September 12, while the general debate will be held from Tuesday, September 19, to Friday, September 22.
PM Abbasi will address the UN General Assembly on September 21 where he will raise different issues, besides highlighting Pakistan’s stand on important international matters. On the sidelines of the session, the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will hold meeting with the US vice president, interact with the US-Pakistan Business Council and hold bilateral meetings.
“The UN was created for people,” the president of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, said in his opening address on September 12. “The people who need the UN the most are not sitting in this hall today,” he told delegates from around the world.
“They are not involved in the negotiation of resolutions. They do not take the floor at high-level events. It is one of the tasks of the General Assembly to make sure that their voices can still be heard.”
Massive security arrangements have been put in place around the UN headquarters in New York ahead of the high-level session, in which US President Donald Trump will deliver his first address at the United Nations on Tuesday.
Kashmir and Rohingya Issue
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that the premier will highlight the miseries of Muslims in Kashmir and Rohingya during his address.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said that the Prime Minister will hold a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence at America’s discretion.
Issues of Afghanistan, Kashmir, and genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar will also be part of the discussion.