Manmohan Singh to address UN General Assembly tonight

September 26th, 2008 - 11:52 am ICT by ANI  

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New York , Sept 26 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will address the 63rd session of the United National General Assembly after midnight.

In the backdrop of the U.N. agreeing to begin inter-governmental negotiations on UN reforms next year, Dr. Singhs address will focus on the expansion and reforms in the UN Security Council so that the world body reflects the current global realities.

Dr. Singh is likely to hold meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Before attending a reception organized by the Indian Ambassador to the United States , Ronen Sen, the Prime Minister will also hold discussions with prominent members of the Indian community.

Dr. Singh will leave for France on Saturday to attend the Ninth India-European Summit at Marseilles on September 29 and to hold a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

India and France are working towards signing a framework agreement to start nuclear commerce between the two countries. Both countries will also sign an agreement on civil aviation on September 30, besides discussing cooperation in various other fields.

The India-European Summit will discuss the issue and revised joint action plan adopted in 2006 to strengthen the partnership. The Summit will also deliberate on a joint working programme on energy and climate change. (ANI)

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