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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 27 September 2013

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, met today with H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China. They discussed important issues on the agenda of the General Assembly for the sixty-eighth session, including Security Council reform, the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

The Foreign Minister underscored that the intergovernmental process on Security Council reform should facilitate democratic consultations toward the broadest possible consensus. He noted the high priority that Member States have placed on development. He noted the uneven progress toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the need for a stepped-up momentum over the next two years to accelerate progress on the MDGs.

With respect to the new development agenda, the Foreign Minister cautioned against a one size fits all approach and stressed that it would be fair and reasonable to adhere to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

The Foreign Minister assured President Ashe of China’s active participation and cooperation during the sixty-eighth session. The President of the General Assembly thanked the Foreign Minister and China and expressed his desire to work closely with the Chinese delegation. He invited China’s active participation in the high- level events and thematic debates to be held during the sixty-eighth session.