PM Manmohan Singh leaves for NY from Frankfurt

On Saturday, PM will address the Assembly during which he will focus on UN Security Council reforms.

Frankfurt: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday left for New York after an overnight halt here to participate in the high-level segment of the United Nations
General Assembly.

On Saturday, he will address the Assembly during which he will focus on UN Security Council reforms, particularly expansion of the world body`s top organ.

In a statement before his departure, Singh had said, "The United Nations must be seen as an impartial, credible and effective body. I will stress the need for early reform of this unique organisation, particularly an expansion of its Security Council".

He had said that efforts by India to promote international peace and security after it became a non-permanent member of the Security Council has enriched the
policy making body`s effectiveness.

During his visit to New York, Singh will be holding bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; South Sudan Salva Kiir; and Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa; and Prime Ministers of Japan Yoshihiko Noda; and
Nepal Baburam Bhattarai.

India is seeking a permanent berth in the Security Council. It became a non-permanent member of this body in January this year after a gap of 19 years.

The Prime Minister is attending the UNGA after a gap of two years.


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