External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has arrived here to attend the UN General Assembly session during which he is expected to make a strong pitch for UN reforms, particularly that of the Security Council for whose permanent membership India is a strong contender.
Krishna, who arrived here yesterday, will be in New York for 10 days and has a packed schedule involving about 15 UN-related and multilateral meetings like G-15, SAARC, NAM, Commonwealth, G-4, disarmament conference, India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) and Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC).
He is likely to make an important policy declaration on disarmament, particularly on the Fissile Material Control Treaty, sources told PTI without divulging details.
He will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with several of his counterparts.
Krishna is also expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, according to Indian diplomats, who said that arrangements were being worked out but nothing had been "confirmed."
India has sought a meeting between Krishna and Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, diplomatic sources said.
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal conveyed New Delhi's request during a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir in Islamabad recently.
The Foreign Office has conveyed this to the highest levels in the civilian and military leadership, the sources said.
While Krishna will be in New York till September 29, Qureshi will be there till September 30.