Sushma Swaraj in New York to attend UN General Assembly

RSTV Bureau
MEA Sushma Swaraj arrives in New York for the 72nd UN General Assembly . Twitter/@MEAIndia

MEA Sushma Swaraj arrives in New York for the 72nd UN General Assembly . Twitter/@MEAIndia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is in the US to the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Swaraj will have a packed schedule during her week-long visit. The Indian delegation is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with other world leaders attending the session.

Swaraj, was received at the airport by the Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, and India’s permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin.

Swaraj will hold a trilateral meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts Rex Tillerson, and Taro Kono where the three nations will boost cooperation.

Swaraj will also participate in a high-level meeting on UN reforms, which will be chaired by US President Donald Trump.

India is among the 120 countries who have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary General.

India has said that the UN reforms need to be “broad- based and all-encompassing” and the changes should not be restricted to its Secretariat only.

India is likely to discuss issues of climate change, terrorism, people centric migration and peacekeeping.

Swaraj will also participate in a special panel of selected countries by the UN Secretary General on climate action, Akbaruddin had said.

Swaraj is scheduled to address the UNGA on September 23.

The minister will have a series of meetings today with with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and her Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani.

(With inputs from PTI)