PM Imran departs for US from Saudi Arabia to attend UN session

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JEDDAH  – Prime Minister Imran Khan left for New York from Saudi Arabia in the wee hours of Saturday to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, during which he is slated to meet several heads of states and governments, and attend various summits.

PM Imran was also accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari.

According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead the Pakistan delegation during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly Session in New York from 21-27 September 2019.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also attend the General Assembly session, interact with his counterparts from various countries, and address important Ministerial meetings especially the OIC Contact Group on Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

The prime minister will hold several bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various regions and participate in high-level UN summits on climate change, sustainable development, universal health coverage and financing for development.

Imran Khan will also attend and speak at high-level side events co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey on countering hate speech and on environmental protection and poverty alleviation, co-hosted by Malaysia and Pakistan. A trilateral summit meeting of Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey will be held on the General Assembly sidelines.

Apart from these engagements, he will interact with cross-section of international media outlets including meetings with editorial boards. The prime minister’s speaking engagements at leading think-tanks and meetings with heads of major international human rights organizations are also envisaged.

PM Imran will deliver his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, 27 September, and share Pakistan’s perspective and position on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and its current human rights and related dimensions.

He will also avail the opportunity to articulate Pakistan’s perspective on some key contemporary issues. Overall, the centrality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute would be emphasized through myriad engagements.

Pakistan has always been a strong advocate of and one of the leading contributors to the United Nations work in the areas of peace, security and development. The Prime Minister’s visit will further reinforce Pakistan’s abiding commitment to the UN Charter, international law and cooperative multilateralism, with the UN at its core.

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