NEW YORK: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif reached New York in the wee hours of Tuesday to represent Pakistan at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb also travelled with the Prime Minister.
The prime minister is scheduled to attend a reception today (Tuesday) to be hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He will also meet French President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian chancellor and Spanish president today.
A meeting with President of the European Union Council Charles Michel and participation in the Global Food Security Summit to be hosted by president of Senegal and African Union is also on the agenda of the prime minister’s visit.
On September 21, he will meet Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva and President of World Bank David Malpass, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.
Besides meeting with the UNGA president, the prime minister will also attend a dinner reception to be hosted by US President Joe Biden.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will also host a luncheon reception in honour of the Turkish president and his spouse, besides meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.
Meetings with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Chinese President Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese PM Fumio Kishida are also part of the prime minister’s engagements.
He will also meet Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel and Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the same day.
On September 23, the prime minister will address the UNGA session, besides attending Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai and interacting with prominent American media outlets.