General Assembly

  • 69th session of UN General Assembly begins 19 hours 48 minutes ago

    United Nations: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected President of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous...
  • PM Narendra Modi to address UN General Assembly in Hindi 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his speech in the United National General Assembly in New York in Hindi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday. Addressing a function organised on the occasion of Hindi Divas, the Home Minister said Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister to...
  • Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi to meet in US 4 days ago

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to meet in New York this month during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), media reported on Saturday. This would be the first meeting between Modi and Hasina after the BJP came to power in India in May. Permanent...
  • India does not rule out Modi-Sharif meeting in New York: Sushma Swaraj September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Monday did not rule out a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session later this month, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying the government will respond according to the situation that develops. Talking to...
  • Narendra Modi likely to address UN General Assembly on September 27 August 2, 2014

    United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, giving his first global speech to an audience of nearly 200 world leaders and foreign ministers at the annual gathering of the world body's policy-making organ. According to a first provisional list of...
  • Modi accepts Obama's invitation to visit US in September June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Another high-table diplomatic meeting is on the cards with Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepting US President Barack Obama's invitation for a meeting in late September. The dates of the meeting to be held in Washington DC are yet to be finalised. "A date was offered by the US...
  • Devyani Khobragade had full diplomatic immunity at the time of arrest December 26, 2013

    In a new twist, it has now emerged that senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade enjoyed full diplomatic immunity including from personal arrest and detention on December 12 when she was taken into custody by the US authorities in a visa fraud case. 39-year-old Khobragade, who was posted as Deputy Consul General...
  • US will have to grant Modi visa once he becomes PM: Shatrughan Sinha November 10, 2013

    Narendra Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US but once he becomes India's Prime Minister and such a need arises, America will have to grant him visa, senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha said on Sunday. "Modi does not have any compelling reason to visit the US. It...
  • Pakistan opposes new permanent seats in UNSC November 9, 2013

    Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the 15-member UN Security Council during the two-day UN General Assembly debate on Security Council reform. "There should be no new centres of privilege," Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Masood Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to UN, as telling the 193-member assembly...
  • Nawaz Sharif to travel to the US on Sunday October 18, 2013

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to the US on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which key bilateral issues, the drawdown in Afghanistan and Indo-Pak ties are expected to be discussed. This will be Sharif's first bilateral official visit to the US during his current term....
  • Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council October 18, 2013

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the UN Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council's 10 non-permanent members on...
  • Fight against terrorism has to be unrelenting: Arun Jaitley October 9, 2013

    United Nations: India has said that the fight against the scourge of terrorism has to be unrelenting and nations cannot adopt selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups. Talking tough on terror, visiting Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said resorting to the use of terrorism as an instrument...
  • Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts and dismember people September 30, 2013

    United Nations: Syria's foreign minister claimed on Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked terrorists who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members. Walid al-Moallem, addressing world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York, also...
  • Nawaz Sharif assures action on 26/11 Mumbai attacks September 30, 2013

    New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday assured India of "action" on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case in the wake of a Pakistani judicial commission having visited India. In his talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sharif said...
  • Poverty alleviation needs to be top priority, says Manmohan to UN General Assembly September 28, 2013

    United Nations: With over a billion people living in abject poverty globally, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday emphasised the need for "inclusive growth" and said poverty alleviation should be a top priority for the international community. "The problems of over a billion people living in abject poverty around the world...
  • UN must be reformed to reflect political realities: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2013

    United Nations: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday made a strong case for urgent reform of the UN Security Council to reflect current political realities by including more developing countries as both permanent and non-permanent members. Addressing the UN General Assembly, he also said multilateral financial institutions should give developing countries...
  • Issues highlighted by PM of utmost importance: Salman Khurshid September 28, 2013

    Foreign Affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing at the UNGA came up with the topics that were of highest priority for the nation. Khurshid added nothing that the PM said was out of context and to act on the issues highlighted by him is...
  • No military solution for conflict in Syria: Manmohan Singh September 28, 2013

    United Nations: India on Saturday strongly pitched for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying there is no military solution to the lethal conflict that threatens regional stability. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Singh endorsed efforts by the US and Russia to bring Syria's chemical...
  • Pakistani media hails India's green signal to Manmohan-Sharif talks September 28, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani media on Saturday praised the Indian government for its decision to go ahead with the talks between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif despite the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir September 26. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on Sunday on the...
  • Terror to remain the key for focus for Manmohan at UNGA debate September 28, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in New York for the second leg of his visit and the terror emanating from Pakistan is clearly expected to be the big theme of this visit. Singh is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in order to discuss the stern relations prevailing...
  • Full text: Nawaz Sharif's statement at UNGA September 27, 2013

    Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I congratulate you on your election as the President of the United Nations General Assembly. It is a fitting recognition of your distinguished career. I also commend Mr. Vuk Jeremic, for his outstanding leadership of the General Assembly in the past one year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has...
  • India, Pakistan must write their own script: Salman Khurshid September 27, 2013

    United Nations: India and Pakistan must write their own script and should not play into the hands of anyone, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said as he pitched for a "direct" dialogue between the two countries to sort out differences. Khurshid, who is in United Nations to attend the UN General...
  • PM to meet Obama, likely to discuss LoC killings, trade and nuclear issues September 27, 2013

    Washington: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be meeting US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly summit that will be held in New York on Saturday. The Prime Minister who is scheduled to take part in a meeting over lunch with the US...
  • Manmohan Singh to meet Nawaz Sharif, terror talks up for discussion September 26, 2013

    Frankfurt: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be meeting US president Barack Obama and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his trip to the UN general Assembly in the US. While there are assumptions regarding the agenda for the meeting, the government officials have maintained that there is no breakthrough from the...
  • PM Manmohan Singh leaves for UNGA, to meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif September 25, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday left for the UN General Assembly in the United States, where he will meet President Barack Obama and also his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif. ...
  • Prime Minister leaves for UNGA session to be held in New York September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has left for the 68th session of United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. The Prime Minister has confirmed that he will be meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in New York on September 29. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders...
  • Barack Obama, Hassan Rouhani meeting at UNGA cancelled September 25, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani has been cancelled. The meeting which was supposed to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly will not happen, as US and Iranian officials found logistics 'too complicated'. Meanwhile there were protests on the first...
  • Prime Minister's full statement as he leaves for UNGA September 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will leave for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday. He is expected to hold talks with US President Barack Obama and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on various issues. Here is the statement from the Prime Minister...
  • Meeting between the PMs of India and Pakistan is still a work in progress, says Asoke Mukerji September 23, 2013

    India, on Monday, said a possible meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan on the margins of UN General Assembly was still "a work in progress". "Any meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan is still a work in progress," Indian Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji...
  • World View: Will the Manmohan-Sharif meet in New York be little more than a photo-op? September 20, 2013

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed hope that India and Pakistan would discuss ways to address the tension at the LoC during a possible meeting of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week. ...