PM Shahbaz meets his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern, other world leaders at UN headquarters

Pakistan’s premier will address the UNGA on September 23

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday attended the opening of the General Debate during the United Nation’s 77th General Assembly in New York, United States.

The prime minister — along with his delegation including Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, and Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, among others — also held meetings with the French President Emmanuel Macron and the Chancellor of Austria Karl Nehammer.

The premier earlier met Jacinda Ardern, his counterpart from New Zealand, at a reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres for heads of states and governments participating in the UNGA.

A day ago, the prime minister landed in New York to attend the UNGA, which began today (Tuesday). This is the first in-person annual session by the UN, which was being virtually held since the pandemic.

The PM Office took to Twitter to share a photo of the two leaders meeting during the reception.

“Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif interacts with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand at the welcoming reception by UN Secretary-General for Heads of State/Government participating in the seventy-seventh session of UNGA,” the caption read.

Earlier today, PM Shahbaz arrived at the UN headquarters to attend the reception and ahead of his address he said that he was there “to tell Pakistan’s story to the world.”

“A story of deep anguish and pain arising out of a massive human tragedy caused by floods. In my address at UNGA and bilateral meetings, I will present Pakistan’s case on issues that call for the world’s immediate attention,” the PM wrote.

PM Shahbaz will address the UNGA on September 23.

On the sidelines of his visit, the premier will also meet with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank’s President David Malpass.

Among other engagements ahead of his address, PM Shahbaz will also conduct high-level bilateral meetings with leaders of other countries.

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