UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres has voiced appreciation for India’s engagement with the world body and its contributions to various areas of the UN’s work during a meeting with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
Mr Jaishankar called on Mr Guterres soon after his swearing-in as the 9th Secretary General of the United Nations.
“The Secretary General-designate appreciated India’s engagement with the UN and contributions to various areas of the UN’s work,” a spokesperson of India’s Permanent Mission to the UN told news agency PTI yesterday.
Mr Jaishankar congratulated Mr Guterres on his swearing-in and assured him of India’s support and assistance in areas that the Secretary General-designate focuses as his priorities including on matters of sustainable development and peace and security, the spokesperson said.
Mr Jaishankar also met Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman and other officials of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs and exchanged views on a wide array of issues of common interest.
Mr Guterres was sworn-in as the next UN Secretary General on Monday and will assume his new role on January 1 next year, a day after Ban Ki-moon’s 10-year tenure as the world’s top diplomat ends this month.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted a photo of Mr Jaishankar meeting Mr Guterres and other UN officials, saying “diplomacy entails reaching out upfront & backroom talks too”.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) December 14, 2016