PM to focus on India-held Kashmir in UNGA address

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who arrived here on Sunday night will address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow (Wednesday).

This will be the Prime Minister’s fourth address to the world body in his third term in office.

The Prime Minister will make a policy statement in the United Nations General Assembly General Debate to enunciate Pakistan's position on key international issues.

The Prime Minister will focus on the Kashmir dispute and will invite the attention of world leaders to the recent surge in state-backed atrocities and systematic violations of fundamental human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir since the extra judicial killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani.

He will also stress the need to find a just and early solution to this longstanding dispute. The Prime Minister will call upon the international community and the United Nations to live up to their promise of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people.

On the sidelines of the UNGA, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister, Turkish President, President of Iran, Japanese Premiere, Prime Minister of New Zealand and UN Secretary General H.E. Ban-Ki-moon.  US Secretary of State John Kerry will also call on the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will also meet a number of world leaders, including Crown Prince/Deputy Prime Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister of Nepal and Prime Minister of Romania.

The Prime Minister will explain to world leaders the new shape of diplomacy translated by Pakistan and China into a reality by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will make two other statements at the UN in addition to his General Assembly address. Both will be at meetings that are being convened to focus on the global refugees crisis. The Prime Minister will also address a business luncheon by USPBC.

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