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PM Shehbaz to depart for US today, schedule to attend Joe Biden’s dinner

ISLAMABAD, SEP 19 (DNA) — Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will tonight depart for the United States from London where he is scheduled to attend the dinner being hosted by President Joe Biden on September 21.

The Prime Minister will represent Pakistan in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. He will arrive in New York after attending the funeral of the Britain’s Queen in London.

During his stay in New York, Shehbaz Sharif will have important bilateral meetings with the leaders of other countries. On September 20, the premier will attend the reception of the Secretary General of the United Nations.

On September 20, PM Shehbaz is scheduled to meet the French President, Austrian Chancellor, President of Spain, President of the European Union Council, Charles Michael. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will also participate in the Global Food Security Summit, the summit is organized by presidents of Senegal and the African Union.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various countries, President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General as well as heads of International Organisations, IFIs and philanthropic organisations.

“The prime minister’s participation in the UNGA Session is a manifestation of Pakistan’s abiding commitment to multilateralism, with the UN playing a central role in international affairs for promoting peace and prosperity worldwide,” it was added.

Both in its national capacity and as the current Chair of the largest international grouping of developing countries – the Group of 77 and China – as well as the current Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, Pakistan will serve as the collective voice of the Global South to promote international peace and security, sustainable development and human rights for all, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.

Leaders will also have the opportunity to interact during the receptions hosted by the UN secretary-general and the president of the United States. The prime minister will also hold interactions with the international media.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also have an extensive programme attending various high-level meetings and events, bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts, media and think-tank interactions, besides chairing G-77 and China Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers, OIC Annual Coordination Meeting of Foreign Ministers, and participation in the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Center of multilateralism, the United Nations is the most vital international body, promoting international peace and security, development and human rights, and providing the foundations of a stable and sustainable world order.

As the most representative and inclusive multilateral forum of nation states, the UN General Assembly offers the best platform to the international community for advancing shared objectives and common solutions to the common challenges faced by humanity. =DNA

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