UNGA President-elect urges the international community to unite in fight against terrorism

Abdulla Shahid, the President-elect of UN General Assembly has supported India’s bid to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a permanent member.

On July 22, Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 76th session President-elect and the current Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, has urged the international community to unite and condemn all forms of terrorism. He said picking and choosing sides is not an option for the issue of terrorism.

Abdulla Shahid arrived in India on Wednesday for a three-day visit. As per the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India is the first country to have been visited by Shahid in his official capacity as UNGA President-elect after he secured the position on 7th June.

Moreover, Shahid has supported the country’s bid to be granted with a permanent seat in the UNSC. He stated, “As President of the General Assembly, it would be my role to bring the countries together, and try to form a broad consensus on Security Council to reform process.”

Furthermore, he emphasized on his key areas, which would be recovering from COVID-19 pandemic as well as the revival of world economy.

The President-elect continued saying that the UN will be dealing with the matter of terrorism in the Sixth Committee and the convention that had been mandated to come out of the Sixth Committee will continue to be negotiated. “I’m hoping that the 76th session will see some progress”, he added.

S. Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India, is set to host an official dinner in Shahid’s honour.

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