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Swaraj to address UN General Assembly tonight

Sushma Swaraj, UN General Assembly

Washington : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to raise issues like the global fight against terrorism, climate change and the Security Council's reform in her address to the United Nations General Assembly tonight. When Swaraj, 65, takes the podium she would be
addressing the UN General Assembly for the second consecutive time. She is expected to deliver her speech in Hindi like the
last year.

Swaraj, who arrived New York last Sunday, spent a major part of her day on Friday giving final touches to her speech, in which if there is any indication, based on her remarks at other multilateral forums and bilateral meetings, among other things is expected to include fight against terrorism, reform of the UNSC, climate change and an emerging India's role and responsibilities in the 21st century.

On Friday, Swaraj had only one bilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during which she raised the issue of terrorism and H-1B. They also discussed strengthening of the US-India political and economic partnership. In all, the External Affairs Minister had as many as 27
bilateral meetings with her foreign counterparts. Swaraj attended 12 multilaterals and two trilateral meetings. PTI

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