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United Nations, New York, 7 May 2010

The President of the General Assembly concludes his official visit to Asia

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki has concluded his visit to Asia, which included China, India and Pakistan.

On the last leg of his visit, President Treki was received today, 7 May, by the President of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. They exchanged views on a number of issues on the agenda of the United Nations and the mobilization of efforts to address the peace and development challenges confronting the international community. At a ceremony preceding the talks, President Zardari conferred on Dr. Treki, the award of Hilal-e-Pakistan in recognition of his contribution for promoting peace, harmony and cooperation.

Yesterday, 6 May, Dr. Treki was received by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani. They discussed a wide range of issues topping the agenda of the United Nations including peace and security, development, United Nations reform and several other regional and international issues. They termed multilateralism and the role of the United Nations as central to the collective efforts to address the global challenges facing the international community.

President Treki invited the Prime Minister to attend the September 2010 High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly to review the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, and also informed him of other priorities for the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly, in particular his initiatives to hold thematic debates on important issues in the General Assembly. The Pakistani Prime Minister expressed appreciation and full support for these initiatives and lauded the efforts of President Treki to revitalize the role of the General Assembly. President Treki thanked Pakistan for its support to the United Nations including its contributions to United Nations peacekeeping.

President Treki also held talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister H.E. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Both sides emphasized the urgency of a just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine and the crucial role of the United Nations in that regard. They also discussed the situation in the region including Iraq and Afghanistan. They had an exchange of views on disarmament, climate change and the efforts to reform and strengthen the United Nations, including the revitalization of the General Assembly and the reform of the Security Council. President Treki also extended an invitation to the Foreign Minister to attend the forthcoming thematic debates in the General Assembly on the Middle East peace process and on United Nations peacekeeping.

During his visit, President Treki also met with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, H.E. Dr. Fehmida Mirza. Dr. Treki briefed her on the efforts to promote the development agenda at the United Nations and to revitalize and strengthen the role of the General Assembly.

President Treki also visited the Senate of Pakistan where he met with the Chairman of the Senate, H.E. Mr. Farooq H. Naek, who hosted a luncheon in his honor, attended by senior senators of Pakistan.

President Treki also met with the United Nations Resident Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Fikret Akcura.