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Tharoor to meet Manmohan

He will discuss future course of action with PM when he arrives on Sunday.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 11:21 IST

UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor, nominated by India as its candidate for the post of UN Secretary General, will arrive in the Capital on Sunday to discuss the future course of action.

He is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and some other leaders here during his first visit after being fielded by India for the top post of the world body, sources said.

In his first reaction to his nomination, the 50-year-old well-known author said that he was "deeply honoured" by the government's decision to field him for the prestigious post.

Noting that he believed that a well-functioning UN can make real difference in the world, he expressed his determination to work towards that end if elected.

If elected, Tharoor will be the first Indian to occupy the post.

India's decision to field him comes with an assertion that under the principle of regional rotation, the next Secretary General of the UN should be from Asia.

India believes that a prospective UN Secretary General should be of "impeccable credentials, be acceptable to the broadest possible membership of the UN and have a strong commitment to the reform of the UN and the interests of the developing countries."

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 11:21 IST