NEW YORK: President Asif Ali Zardari, who arrived here Sunday evening, will Tuesday address the 67th UN General Assembly session and highlight the challenges being faced by the international community to promote peace and security at the global level and present Pakistan’s point of view to promote religious harmony.
“President Zardari will present the efforts and measures taken by the Pakistan government to ensure peace and security at the regional and international levels,” Ambassador Masood Khan said while briefing media persons about the salient features of President Zardari’s address to the General Assembly session.
Ambassador Masood Khan, who especially flew into New York for the session of the UN General Assembly, said Pakistan is a very important and key player in maintaining peace and security in the region and its sacrifices had been acknowledged by the international community.
Responding to a question, he said, Pakistan had always supported an “Afghan owned” and Afghan-led reconciliation process and would continue to do so in the future to ensure peace and security in the region.
He said because they were neighboring countries, peace in Afghanistan would have a direct impact on Pakistan. He said President Zardari would meet the foreign ministers of China and United States and hold an important trilateral meeting with leaders of Afghanistan and United Kingdom to find a permanent solution to the present Afghan crisis.
Replying to a question, Ambassador Masood said although US was an integral partner with Pakistan in resolving the Afghan crisis, any consultation with other partners would always be helpful in resolving the issues and avoids conflicts.
Ambassador Masood said the president would especially highlight the reaction of the Muslims Ummah, particularly shown by the people of Pakistan, on the sacrilegious film that had created unrest among the Muslims of the world.