Concluding Asian trip, General Assembly President confers with Pakistani leaders

7 May 2010

The President of the General Assembly Ali Treki today concluded a three-nation visit to Asia after holding talks with the Pakistani leadership, including the President and the Prime Minister, that focused on issues related to global peace and development.

At a ceremony in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari conferred on Dr. Treki the Hilal-e-Pakistan award in recognition of his contribution for promoting peace, harmony and cooperation.

Dr. Treki was yesterday received by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues on the UN agenda, including peace and security, development, UN reform and several other regional and international issues.

They said that multilateralism and the role of the UN are central to collective efforts to address global challenges.

Dr. Treki invited Mr. Gilani to attend the General Assembly’s high level plenary in September. The session is expected to review progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight poverty alleviation and human development goals that States have committed to make efforts to attain by 2015.

The General Assembly President thanked Pakistan for its support to the UN, expressing gratitude for the country’s regular contribution of troops to UN peacekeeping missions.

Dr. Treki also had talks with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi with both leaders emphasizing the urgency of a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They also discussed the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan and exchanged views on disarmament and climate change.

He also briefed the Speaker of the Pakistani parliament Fehmida Mirza on efforts to promote the development agenda at the UN and to revitalize and strengthen the role of the General Assembly.

Earlier on his mission to Asia, Dr. Treki visited China and India.

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