Sushma Swaraj is also expected to press for giving India permanent membership in the Security Council.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is expected to speak on issues such as India-Pakistan relations, cross-border terrorism and the country’s long-pending demand for inclusion into the Security Council when she addresses the high-level United Nations General Assembly in New York a few minutes from now.
The minister has tweeted that she will deliver the address at 7 pm India time.
Ms Swaraj’s appearance on the global stage comes at a time when India-Pakistan bilateral ties have hit a particularly rocky stretch in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a Border Security Force jawan in the Jammu region about 10 days ago. India did not take the incident lightly, a sentiment that found reflection in Ms Swaraj’s apparent snub to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly yesterday.
Minutes earlier, she had delivered a scathing statement on terrorism with a finger that seemed firmly pointed at Pakistan. “The number of threats and incidents that endanger South Asia are on the rise. Terrorism remains the single-largest threat to peace and stability in our region, and indeed in the world. It is necessary that we eliminate the scourge of terrorism in all its forms, without any discrimination, and end the ecosystem of its support,” Ms Swaraj said in her address to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.