Narendra Modi To Be First Indian PM To Chair UNSC Meet, Debate On Maritime Security Today

Narendra Modi To Be First Indian PM To Chair UNSC Meet, Debate On Maritime Security Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level open debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation’ on August 9 at 5:30pm IST via video conferencing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level open debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security A Case for International Cooperation’ on August 9 at 5:30pm IST via video conferencing.

On Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “This would be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister would be presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council.”

Modi himself tweeted on Sunday, to announce the event. He wrote, “At 5:30 PM tomorrow, 9th August, would be chairing the UNSC High-Level Open Debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For International Cooperation”.

A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said, “The meeting is expected to be attended by several heads of state & government of member states of the United Nations Security Council, and high level briefers from the UN System and key regional organizations. The Open Debate will focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity and strengthened coordination in the maritime domain.”

The meeting, which is one of India’s signature events during its August presidency, will be chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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In attendance for the meeting would be world leaders – Russian President Vladimir Putin, Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Other leaders who are expected to participate are Deputy Prime Minister of Niger Hassoumi Massoudou, President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh. Several other ministers representing their countries are also expected at the meeting.

The Council will be briefed by Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet; Ghada Fathi Waly, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi, in his capacity as chairperson of the African Union (AU).

The statements of the briefers and Council members will be broadcast live, while non-Council members will have the opportunity to submit their statements in writing.


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