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President Ashe meets with H.E. Shri Salman Kurshid, Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

Delhi, India, 20 March 2014

John W. Ashe, with the Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India, Shri Salman Kurshid The President of the General Assembly, H.E. John W. Ashe, met today with H.E. Shri Salman Kurshid, Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India, as he began his two day visit to India.

Minister Kurshid and the President addressed the central role of the United Nations in relation to issues related to development, peace and security. In the context of development, they discussed the overarching importance of poverty eradication in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Rio principles, as well as the significance of addressing equity and inequality in that agenda. The Minister outlined India's support to Small Island Developing States and their commitment to the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

With regard to peace and security, the President pointed out that the General Assembly had recently received a briefing on the situation in Syria by H.E. Mr. Lakhdar Brahimi, UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria. Minister Kurshid inquired into whether the situation in Ukraine would be addressed by the General Assembly and President Ashe noted that the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations has requested a meeting of the General Assembly on the situation in Ukraine. Minister Kurshid also raised the issue of Security Council reform and the high importance India attached to it.

While in India, President Ashe will call upon the Prime Minister. He has also been invited to make a presentation to the Indian Council for World Affairs (ICWA) on the theme for the sixty-eighth session: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.

President of the General Assembly John W. Ashe (left )with H.E. Shri Salman Kurshid, Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India  - Photo/Lalit Kumar