Prime Minister Shehbaz meets President Macron and other leaders at the opening of the UNGA

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly here.

It was the first meeting between a Pakistani leader and President Macron after diplomatic relations were affected after cartoons published by a French magazine following which mass protests broke out in Pakistan with demands for the dismissal of the French ambassador.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations as well as issues of regional and international importance. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information and Broadcasting Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and SAPM Tariq Fatemi.

The Prime Minister also met Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi. During the meeting, the Prime Minister recalled his warm and cordial meeting with President Raisi on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand on September 15 and stressed his commitment to strengthening Pakistani-Iranian relations in various fields.

He reiterated his gratitude to President Raisi and the people of Iran for their solidarity and support for the nation of Pakistan following the massive floods.

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to further deepen and expand bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including economy and trade, energy and connectivity, cultural contacts and ties. interpersonal.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan highly appreciates the Supreme Leader’s strong and unwavering support for the just struggle of the people of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

He expressed the hope that, at his invitation, President Raisi would be able to undertake a future visit to Pakistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also met here with Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Karl Nehammer.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance mutual cooperation in multiple fields.

The Prime Minister also met here with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sánchez and discussed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on issues of regional and international importance.

The Prime Minister, who is currently visiting the United States to attend the UNGA session, also met earlier with French President Emmanuel Macron and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

Prime Minister says deeply touched by Palestinian rescue team for flood victims in Pakistan

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for dispatching the response and rescue team for the flood-affected people in Pakistan.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said he was moved by the gesture of the Palestinian people. “Deeply touched by the gesture of the Palestinians to send their rapid response and rescue team to help flood victims in Pakistan,” he said.

Prime Minister Sharif called it a representation of brotherhood between the peoples of Pakistan and Palestine. “It is a reflection of a strong bond of love and brotherhood that we have for each other,” he said. “We will never forget this gesture.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in New York on Monday evening to lead Pakistan’s delegation to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, where some 140 world leaders are expected.

The Prime Minister is due to address the 193-member Assembly during its high-level debate on September 23. The debate opens on Tuesday and ends on September 26.

Earlier, the Prime Minister flew to New York from London where he attended Queen Elizabeth II’s last rites.

Upon his arrival at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, he was received by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington Masood Khan, Consul General in New York , Ayesha Ali and other senior officials.

On September 20, the Prime Minister would attend a reception hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

On the same day, he would also meet French President Emmanuel Macron, the Austrian Chancellor and the Spanish President.

A meeting with the President of the Council of the European Union Charles Michel and participation in the World Summit on Food Security organized by the President of Senegal and the African Union are also on the program of the Prime Minister’s visit.

On September 21, he would meet with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank President David Malpass, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Besides meeting with UNGA President Csaba Korosi, the Prime Minister would also attend a dinner reception hosted by US President Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Sharif will also host a lunch reception in honor of the Turkish President and his wife, in addition to meeting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.

Meetings with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and UN chief Chinese President Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are also among the prime minister’s engagements.

He would also meet Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on the same day, in addition to interacting with international media.