UN chief departs New York on 2-day visit to India

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday departed New York for a two-day visit to India, where he would take part in an event on India and UN Partnership.

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, who disclosed this at a news conference in New York, said Guterres would also participate in the launch of the Lifestyle for Environment Mission.

According to him, during his two-day visit starting on Tuesday, the secretary-general will meet the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, as well as the External Affairs Minister of India, [Subrahmanyam] Jaishankar.

“He will also visit a model project site, which has recently been declared India’s first solar-powered village.

“At the site, the secretary-general will witness how solar rooftops installed on more than 1,300 rural houses are improving lives in the community.’’

Dujarric said the secretary-general would then head off to Viet Nam, where he would take part in a ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Viet Nam’s membership to the United Nations.

“While there, he will meet the General Secretary of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, the State President, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and the Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, as well as other senior Vietnamese officials.

“The Secretary-General will also participate in a dialogue with Vietnamese youth,’’ the spokesman said. (NAN)

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