Guterres felicitates PM Imran, hopes for strong UN-Pak cooperation

Guterres felicitates PM Imran, hopes for strong UN-Pak cooperation

United Nations (Agencies): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday congratulated Imran Khan on assuming the office of prime minister.

According to a tweet by the Government of Pakistan, the UN chief urged deepening of UN-Pak cooperation in various fields.

Meanwhile, Guterres, in a congratulatory letter said Pakistan has been UN's reliable partner, particularly in peacekeeping and via active support of United Nations activities throughout the world.

The 193-member Assembly’s session is set to open on September 18, while the high-level general debate will begin on September 25. So far, 154 heads of states/government have confirmed their attendance.

This is pertinent to mention that Pakistan is one of the largest contributors of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping. It currently provides nearly 6,000 military and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi is co-chairperson of the Group of Troop and Police Contributing Countries to the UN peacekeeping operations, which facilitate an exchange of views on issues of concern to the troop-contributing countries and discussions on responses to the new challenges facing world peace and security.

In his letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Guterres also said, “The United Nations looks forward to supporting Pakistan, including through joint projects and the United Nations Country Team, in fighting terrorism and violent extremism, achieving sustainable development goals, promoting human rights as well as in other agreed fields.”

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan on Saturday took oath as 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan.