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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Salman Khurshid, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India

New York, 30 September 2013

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Salman Khurshid, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India.  He thanked India for its significant contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations and its generous assistance to development of Afghan security, economic and human capacities.  He welcomed the recent talks held between India and Pakistan.  He also discussed developments in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Myanmar, stressing the importance of dialogue, inclusiveness and reconciliation, as well as India’s regional role.

He paid tribute to India’s leadership in the post-2015 development agenda, in building capacity for disaster management, and in vital efforts to promote international agreement on climate change issues.