External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly in New York today, where she is expected to give a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s UNGA speech. “The whole world and the entire nation” is waiting to hear from Swaraj, who will deliver India’s “vision document” for the 71st UNGA, Vikas Swarup said. With a focus on tackling terrorism, India will corner Pakistan, which used the world body forum to talk extensively about Kashmir four days ago, for being a “terrorist state”. The Congress also extended support to Swaraj ahead of her address and expected the latter to give a befitting reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
What time is Sushma Swaraj’s speech?
The speech is most likely to begin at around 7.15 pm IST. The timing depends on the duration of the speeches of the leaders who speak before her. She is the third person in line to address the assembly after Oman and Bahrain, respectively.
Where can you stream the speech?
Most of the national television channels in the country will broadcast the speech so you can tune in to them at around 7 pm. You can follow our Twitter handle @FinancialXpress for the latest from her speech. We will also be running a LIVE blog on our website where we will get you the latest updates from Sushma Swaraj’s UNGA address. The speech will be uploaded on the UNGA website for later viewing as well as on the YouTube account of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The LIVE broadcast of the speech can also be watched on the United Nations website.
What is Sushma Swaraj likely to say?
Vikas Swarup said, “With a focus on tackling terrorism, India will corner Pakistan, which used the world body forum to talk extensively about Kashmir four days ago, for being a “terrorist state”. Outlining India’s focus for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session, New Delhi’s envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin had said that terrorism is the “primary concern” for India as well as for nations across the world. He also listed reform of the UN Security Council, sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping as other priorities for India in the current UNGA session.
What did Nawaz Sharif say in his UNGA address?
Nawaz Sharif claimed that Pakistan’s priority goal of economic development requires internal peace and stability. The Pakistan Prime Minister said his country will give a dossier listing “human rights violations” in Kashmir to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and asked the UNGA to take steps to demilitarise the Valley. The Pakistani Prime Minister also urged India to release all “political prisoners” in Kashmir and provide urgent medical help to those injured in the Kashmir unrest. He called on India to repeal the “draconian” Armed Forces Special Powers Act.