Prime Minister arrives in New York for UNGA Summit

Manmohan Singh arrived in New York after an overnight halt at Frankfurt, to participate in 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Updated: Sep 23, 2011, 00:17 AM IST

New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Thursday arrived in New York after an overnight halt at
Frankfurt, to participate in the high-level segment of the
66th session 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.

"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," Singh had said in New Delhi before
his departure.

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 stay in 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.

PTI