New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Saturday, where he is scheduled to address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which was held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After having his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House, Modi flew from Washington to New York and attended his first individual Quad summit on Friday.
The Prime Minister and his counterparts – Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan – attended quad leaders meeting Hosted by US President Biden in Washington.
“Landed in New York City. Will address UNGA on 25th at 6:30 PM (IST),” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said, “Expressing the sentiments of India’s 1.3 billion people! PM @narendramodi arrived in New York to address the 76th UNGA yesterday. India’s current membership of the @UN Security Council assumes even more importance! ” Tweet.
Modi will address world leaders at the UN General Debate on Saturday morning.
He is the first world leader to address the world organization.
The Prime Minister was received at the airport by India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti.
Modi will address the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday.
The topic of this year’s general debate is ?? The hope of recovering from COVID-19 is to build resilience, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect people’s rights and revitalize the United Nations.
According to the second tentative list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will address the general debate in person and about 60 will deliver speeches via pre-recorded video statements.
Modi last addressed the United Nations General Assembly session in 2019.
Last year, world leaders submitted pre-recorded video statements to the UN General Assembly session in September after heads of state and government could not physically attend the annual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This was the first time in the 75-year history of the United Nations that a high-level session had gone virtual.
This year too, the option of sending pre-recorded statements has been kept open for world leaders as the pandemic continues to rage in many countries around the world.
Modi will return to India after addressing the Mahasabha.