PM Abbasi arrives in NY to lead Pakistan delegation to UNGA

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

"We are committed to expand our business in Pakistan", the GE vice president said.

PM Abbasi was received at the airport by Pakistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi and Pakistan ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry.

He would meet USA vice-president Mike Pence at the United Nations headquarters later on Tuesday, the White House said.

She said Pakistan's policies, which are based on the country's national interest, are framed in Islamabad, not in Washington.

PM Abbasi is in the U.S. to attend the 72nd session of United National General Assembly where he is expected to raise issue of Kashmir, Pakistan's sacrifices in war against terror and other worldwide matters. "Pakistan would continue to play a facilitating role for a peaceful Afghanistan", the statement said.

The confirmed meetings include the one with the Jordanian King and leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the United Kingdom and Nepal.

He will also meet UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chairman World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. It is entitled: "The responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

Abbasi is likely to have extensive interaction with the global media during and after the UNGA.

Meanwhile he will also address the Council on Foreign Relations and interact with the US-Pakistan Business Council.

Abbasi's address to the UNGA slated for 21 September will be his debut into the highest worldwide diplomacy after being sworn in as the prime minister last month.

The premier while appreciating the long association of GE with Pakistan, said that the country is immensely benefiting from the expertise of the company.

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