External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday arrived in New York to represent India at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. The external affairs minister will also hold several bilateral and multilateral meetings with her global counterparts, along with the top UN officials.
Swaraj will also address the General Debate on September 29.
She is set to participate in various meetings and discussions on the sidelines of the General Assembly session throughout the week.
Confirming Swaraj’s arrival in New York, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, “Destination #UNGA73. India's External Affairs Minister @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York for High Level Segment of @UN.”
The General Debate commences on September 25. World leaders from 193 UN member states will address the global body.
US President Donald Trump will give his second address to the General Assembly on September 25.
In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said "setting the stage for a week of hectic diplomacy! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York to attend the 73rd Session of the #UnitedNations General Assembly and participate in several bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral meetings".
The external affairs minister and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were earlier slated to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly, following India’s acceptance of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's proposal for a meeting.
The meeting was however, called off by the Indian government, citing brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps "glorifying" militant Burhan Wani.
Qureshi will address the UN General Assembly on September 29.