New York (Agencies): The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa will visit Pakistan next week at the invitation of Pakistani government.
Addressing a briefing at the UN headquarters, UNGA president’s Spokesperson Monica Grayley said that the president of the UN General will visit Pakistan from January18 to 22 at the invitation of the government of Pakistan.
“This will be the first visit of the 193-member Assembly’s president to the Asia-Pacific region since she took office in September 2018, she said.
The spokesperson added that the UNGA president is looking forward to strengthening the ties between Pakistan and the UN, promoting multilateralism and continuing her work with the country on the priorities for the 73rd Session of the General Assembly.
During her five-day visit, Maria Fernanda Espinosa will meet President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and representatives of the UN and of civil society.
Meanwhile, Pakistan permanent envoy to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistani leadership looks forward to have wide-ranging discussions with UN General Assembly President Madam Espinosa on global and regional issues during her upcoming visit to Islamabad.
In a tweet after meeting President of the UN General Assembly in New York, Lodhi said: “Met today with President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa to finalise details of her visit next week to Pakistan. It will be the first visit by any PGA to Pakistan in eight years. Also Ms Espinosa’s first visit to any country in Asia since her assumption of office”.
Met today with President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa to finalise details of her visit next week to Pakistan. It will be the 1st visit by any PGA to Pakistan in 8 years. Also Ms Espinosa’s 1st visit to any country in Asia since her assumption of office pic.twitter.com/dmilpcfr45— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) January 12, 2019