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Swaraj, UNGA president-elect hold talks about UNSC reform, counter terrorism strategy

Garces’ meeting with Swaraj comes after she called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and discussed the need for a stronger UN action on major global challenges, including terrorism.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2018 17:35 IST
Sushma Swaraj,UN General Assembly president-elect,Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks with UN General Assembly president-elect Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces about revitalisation of the world body, including reform of the security council and strengthening global counter terrorism legal framework.(Raveesh Kumar/Twitter)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday held talks with UN General Assembly president-elect Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces on key issues such as revitalisation of the world body, including reform of the security council and strengthening global counter terrorism legal framework.

Swaraj welcomed the president-elect of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly and held wide-ranging discussions with her, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Garces’ meeting with Swaraj comes after she called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and discussed the need for a stronger UN action on major global challenges, including terrorism.

The minister and the UNGA president-elect held wide-ranging discussions on the revitalisation of the UN, including reform of the UN Security Council, strengthening global counter terrorism legal framework, and other global issues, Kumar said.

Garces, an Ecuadorian national, is the fourth woman president to assume this position. India’s Vijayalakshmi Pandit was first-ever woman president of the UNGA.

The UN General Assembly in June had overwhelmingly elected Garces as its next president.

First Published: Aug 13, 2018 17:35 IST