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UNGA president to visit Pakistan on Jan 18

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa will visit Pakistan from January 18 to 22, ARY News reported on Saturday.

Pakistani envoy to UN, Maleeha Lodhi informed reporters about the planned visit of the UNGA president after a meeting with her. Lodhi said her meeting with the Espinosoa finalised arrangements for the latter’s upcoming visit.

“Espinosa was visiting on the invitation of the Pakistani government,” said UNGA president spokesperson Monica Grayley.

Her delegation includes Chef de Cabinet, a senior advisor, a communication specialist, her coordination officer and her personal assistant.

Espinosa is the only fourth female President of the UN General Assembly in its 73-year history.

This will be the first visit of the 193-member assembly’s president to the Asia-Pacific region since she took office in September, the spokesperson said during her regular briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York.

“The President of the General Assembly looks forward to strengthening the ties between Pakistan and the UN, promoting multilateralism and continuing her work with Pakistan on the priorities for the 73rd Session of the General Assembly,” she told reporters.

During her five-day visit, the president, who is also the foreign minister of Ecuador will meet President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and representatives of the UN and civil society.

Earlier this week, she nominated Lodhi to help organize a high-level meeting of the UNGA to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child during its 74th session, which begins in September.

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