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MALAYSIAN DIPLOMATS PREPARING PM MAHATHIR’S VISIT FOR UNGA HIGH-LEVEL SESSION

NEW YORK, Malaysian diplomats in New York are preparing an elaborate programme, for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who will also address the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Malaysian Prime Minister is expected to arrive in New York in the final week of Sept for a three-day visit. According to UN sources, Dr Mahathir is likely to address the UNGA on Sept 28.

The UNGA’s 73rd session opens on Sept 18 with the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces assuming the one-year presidency. She is the fourth woman to hold this position in the UNGA’s history, and the first since 2006.

In an interview with Bernama in his office, Malaysian permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Shahrul Ikram Yaakob said, he and his staff were busy preparing for the Prime Minister’s visit, during which leaders and dignitaries from all corners of the globe would descend on New York for the UN’s high-level week.

Dr Mahathir is leading a delegation that will include the foreign minister and one or more cabinet members, along with senior staff of Wisma Putra (Foreign Office) and other ministries.

Dr Mahathir, who is not visiting Washington DC, is also likely to meet with his counterparts from other countries, though it is not officially known, as of now, whom he is going to meet.

There will also be leaders from ASEAN, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America. The possibilities of having bilateral talks are immense, but all the leaders and dignitaries coming for the UNGA session face tremendous time constraints.

Source: NAM News Network

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