At UN General Assembly, Sushma Swaraj meets Ivanka Trump and South Asian PMs

Swaraj discussed an upcoming entrepreneurship convention in Hyderabad with Trump and did not broach the topic of Rohingya refugees with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2017 10:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New York
Ivanka Trump,Susham Swaraj,UN General Assembly
A meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Ivanka Trump at the UN General Assembly. (India in USA)

Sushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister, held meetings with Ivanka Trump, the advisor and daughter of US president Donald Trump,and the prime ministers of Bhutan and Bangladesh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

Ivanka Trump, who will lead the American delegation to November’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, wrote in a tweet that she and Swaraj discussed women’s entrepreneurship and workforce development in their countries. In another tweet, Trump described Swaraj as “accomplished and charismatic”.

External affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the meeting with Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, was a “courtesy call”. During a news conference in New York, Kumar said that the Rohingya refugee crisis did not come up in the meeting.

Tshering Tobgay, the Bhutanese prime minister, wrote in a tweet that he and Swaraj “discussed the wide range of bilateral cooperation”.

The meeting comes three weeks after India and China drew back their troops in Doklam, the trijunction of the borders of all three countries.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 08:18 IST