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UN Secretary General-designate appreciates India


United Nations, Dec 14: UN Secretary General- designate Antonio Guterres has voiced appreciation for India's engagement with the world body and its contributions to various areas of the UN's work during a meeting with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar here.

Jaishankar called on Guterres soon after his swearing-in as the 9th Secretary General of the United Nations.

UN Secy General appreciates India

"The Secretary General designate appreciated India's engagement with the UN and contributions to various areas of the UN's work," a spokesperson of India's Permanent Mission to the UN told PTI yesterday.

Jaishankar congratulated Guterres on his swearing-in and assured him of India's support and assistance in areas that the SG-designate focuses as his priorities including on matters of sustainable development and peace and security, the spokesperson said.

Jaishankar also met Under Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman and other officials of the UN's Department of Political Affairs and exchanged views on a wide array of issues of common interest.

Guterres was sworn-in as the next UN Secretary General on Monday and will assume his new role on January 1 next year, a day after Ban Ki-moon's 10-year tenure as the world’s top diplomat ends this month.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted a photo of Jaishankar meeting Guterres and other UN officials, saying "diplomacy entails reaching out upfront & backroom talks too".


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