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Gilani cancels visit to America

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday called off his visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly because of the heavy rains and floods in southern Pakistan, an official spokesman said.

world Updated: Sep 16, 2011 23:41 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday called off his visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly because of the heavy rains and floods in southern Pakistan, an official spokesman said.

Gilani had "called off his visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly due to epidemic situation because of heavy rains and floods in Sindh province," said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House.

The premier informed foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, currently in Dubai, about his decision. Gilani directed Khar to represent Pakistan at the UN General Assembly session.