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UNGA President Congratulates Pakistan on Its Role in Strengthening UN Multilateralism

NEW YORK – UN General Assembly (UNGA) President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, is expecting to travel to Pakistan on Friday for her first visit to an Asian country since joining the UN leadership. This visit would strengthen the ties of this global body with Islamabad to promote multilateralism.
The first visit of a President of the General Assembly for more than eight years will involve discussions on various issues that are high on the agenda of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.
On the eve of her departure for Islamabad, the 193-member Assembly Speaker said that Pakistan plays “an important role in strengthening multilateralism and contributing to peacekeeping operations”.
Espinosa said it hoped to strengthen ties between Pakistan and the United Nations, promote multilateralism and continue its work with Pakistan on the priorities of the 73rd session of the General Assembly.
She thanked the Pakistani government for the invitation to visit the country.
Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, traveled to London on Wednesday to travel to Islamabad to attend the president’s five-day visit.
The President of the Assembly will meet with high level Pakistani officials includes President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, as well as representatives of civil society and the United Nations.
During her talks with Pakistani leaders, Ms. Espinosa will be briefed on the deteriorating situation in India’s occupied Kashmir.
Before leaving New York, Ambassador Lodhi said that the visit of the President of the General Assembly marked the strengthening of the engagement between Pakistan and the United Nations and should reach an even more intense level.
Maria Espinosa’s many priorities are in line with the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, including job creation for youth and environmental action.
Ambassador Lodhi said that, Indeed, Ms. Espinosa thanked Pakistan for supporting its seven main priorities of its chairmanship, including the promotion of gender equality, the implementation of a new global compact on migration, the creation of decent jobs for women, youth and people with disabilities, public awareness of pollution, strengthening political and social commitments to people with disabilities, revitalizing the UN and promoting peace and security.
Ambassador Lodhi said that Mr. Espinosa was also a strong advocate for migration and refugee issues, which are important for Pakistan, particularly because of the extraordinary hospitality that the country has shown in offering refuge to refugees. millions of Afghan refugees.
Espinosa, 54, is only the fourth woman president of the UN General Assembly in 73 years of history. In addition to her official commitments, she will also meet with members of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, the President of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and visit the Pakistan Peacekeeping Training Center. it will also address academics, think tanks and students.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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