United Nations/New York, May 20 (PTI) Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan reaffirmed India’s strong support to rule-based multilateralism during his meeting with President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly Abdulla Shahid and later interacted with members of the Indian diaspora.
Muraleedharan on Thursday addressed the high-level UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate on conflict and food security held under the Presidency of the US of the 15-nation Council. He met Shahid, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and other leaders during his visit at the United Nations headquarters.
“Good to meet Mr. Abdullah Shahid, President of the General Assembly @UN New York. Commended his leadership and initiatives taken by him including holding the first International Migration Review Forum. Reaffirmed India’s strong support to rule-based multilateralism,” Muraleedharan tweeted.
Shahid also tweeted that it was “good to meet” Muraleedharan. “Discussed the ongoing impact of the Ukraine crises on global food security, the open debate in the UNSC on the issue, and the upcoming resolution on the issue in the General Assembly,” he said.
Before the UNSC open debate on ‘Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Conflict and Food Security’, Muraleedharan also briefly met Guterres.
Muraleedharan also met members of the Indian diaspora here and launched a mobile application of the Consulate General of India in New York, which he described as an “example of technology driven people-centric initiative in delivery of public services.” In his interaction with the Indian diaspora in Long Island, New York, Muraleedharan said he is “proud of their splendid achievements. Encouraged them to participate in #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav and continue contributing to India’s growth story during #AmritKaal.” Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Indian government to commemorate 75years of Independence.
Muraleedharan also met Director General of the International Organization for Migration Antonio Vitorino and “exchanged views on emerging challenges and potential solutions for promoting safe, orderly and regular migration.” With Foreign Minister of Yemen Ahmed Awad Binmubarak, he discussed bilateral matters, regional issues and food security.
Muraleedharan said he had “fruitful discussion” with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Zambia Stanley Kakubo on the sidelines of the UNSC Ministerial Meeting on ‘Global Food Security- Call to Action’. He discussed a wide range of issues covering the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation.
At the event for the Indian diaspora, Jaipur Foor USA Chairman Prem Bhandari announced that an artificial limb fitment camp will be organised at the Golden Temple in Amritsar free of cost.
He also said that the convocation of the world’s first yoga university outside India, The Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU) in Los Angeles, will be held next month. The university was jointly launched in 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, by Muraleedharan and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs P.P. Chaudhary during a virtual event held at the Consulate General of India in New York. Eminent Indian yoga guru H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) is the first Chairman of VaYU. PTI YAS IND AKJ IND
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