External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has started her week-long visit to US. Swaraj will represent India at the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session and hold a series of meetings with her counterparts from around the world. The foreign affairs minister was received at the airport by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna, and India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin. Here are certain things you should know about Swaraj’s visit:
1) Swaraj is leading a high-powered Indian delegation and is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the session.
2) The foreign affairs minister will start off her official engagement on Monday with a trilateral meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts Rex Tillerson, and Taro Kono respectively. Swaraj is scheduled to have a series of meetings today. Her engagements include meetings with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics and her Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani.
3) Sushma Swaraj is having a jam-packed schedule with consecutive meetings. The minister will also participate in a high-level meeting on UN reforms, hosted and chaired by US President Donald Trump. India is one of the 120 countries which have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary-General.
4) According to Akbaruddin, issues of climate change, terrorism, people-centric migration and peacekeeping are other key focus areas for India this year.
5) The External Affairs Minister will address the UN General Assembly on September 23.