PM Kakar reaches New York to represent Pakistan at UNGA
By News Desk
September 19, 2023 09:56 AM
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has arrived in New York to participate in the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly beginning today, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday
He was received at John F. Kennedy International Airport by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Masood Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Aamir Khan, Consul General in New York, Aamer Ahmed Atozai, and other officials.
The prime minister is set to address the General Assembly on Friday (Sept 22), the first Pakistani caretaker premier to do so.
Massive security measures are in place in and around the UN complex for the Assembly’s high-level debate from Sept 19 to 26.
In his address, the Prime Minister will outline Pakistan's perspective on a range of regional and global issues including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute which is amongst the longstanding unresolved items on the UN Agenda.
He will also elaborate on the significant measures being taken by the government to consolidate Pakistan's economic recovery and efforts to mobilize domestic and external investments.
During his stay, the Prime Minister will hold meetings with global leaders on the sidelines of the session. He will also attend an important conference on climate change.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to interact with the international media and visit prominent US think tanks.
PM Kakar will apparently be the first interim prime minister to represent Pakistan at the UN General Assembly.
At a news briefing in New York last week, Ambassador Munir Akram said that PM Kakar will also participate in a sustainable development goals (SDG) summit during his visit to the UN headquarters.
The United Nations will convene the SDG summit in New York on Sept 18-19, on the sidelines of the Assembly session.
“The prime minister will be speaking about the mobilization of financing for SDGs,” Ambassador Akram said.
The prime minister will also make a keynote at another summit on financing for development where “he will talk about how to mobilize private sector finance for development,” the Pakistani envoy added.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen not to attend this year’s session. Instead his Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar will address the Assembly on Sept 26.
Reporter Mohsinul Mulk